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Major U.S. Theater Chains Have Pulled ‘The Interview’ In Response to Hacker Threats. Here’s How We’re Reacting.

Major U.S. Theater Chains Have Pulled 'The Interview' In Response to Hacker Threats. Here's How We're Reacting.

The Department of Homeland Security, not known for soft-pedaling the possibility of terrorist actions, says there is “no credible info” that the Sony hackers pose a physical threat to people attending screenings of “The Interview,” which as of this writing, still opens on December 25. But several of the nation’s largest theater chains, including AMC, Regal, Cinemark, Cineplex, Carmike and Bow Tie, have canceled plans to show the film anyway. Although no movie is worth taking the risk that lives might be lost, this seems a lot like caving in to the demands of criminals, and cynics — okay, I — have suggested that the corporations involved might be more concerned about the security of their data, or their stock price, than the welfare of their patrons and employees. The reaction to the decision was swift, and often pretty funny. Here’s some of the best so far.

Update: Sony has canceled the theatrical release of “The Interview.” Yay.

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