Hackers Vs. Haters: How Twitter Reacted To Sony Pulling The Interview [Weird & Wonderful Web]
To say the Internet didn’t take kindly to Sony Pictures pulling The Interview is putting it mildly. The majority of people think Sony capitulated to an unsubstantiated threat far too easily.
We kept a close eye on Twitter in the aftermath of the announcement, and these are some of the best tweets about The Interview, and, in particular, Sony pulling the film to appease unknown hackers.
Sony Pulls The Interview
For those who haven’t been following the story, a little background should help make things clearer. The Interview is a comedy film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as two journalists sent to assassinate Kim Jong-un, the real-life leader of North Korea.
In November, Sony Pictures’ corporate computer system was hacked by a group calling themselves #GOP (Guardians Of Peace). The hackers stole data, much of which has since leaked online. At the time of the original hack, no mention was made of The Interview.
Fast-forward to last week when a badly-written cryptic message was posted online threatening a terrorist act if and when The Interview was shown in movie theaters. Theater chains subsequently cancelled screenings of the film, and Sony had little choice but to pull it completely .
Much to the annoyance and/or amusement of Twitter…
Roll Over & Die
We don’t negotiate with terrorists unless they make vague, unsubstantiated threats about comedy movies.
— Christmas Brandon (@UNTRESOR) December 17, 2014
It does seem a strange turn of events, especially as there is no evidence the hackers are actually capable of carrying out a terrorist act.
Obi Wan Piratebay
In response to the interview not coming out
— B0BBY. (@Iampcity) December 18, 2014
Finally, it all makes sense. Release The Interview on The Pirate Bay and freedom is restored. Bonus points for using Star Wars as the basis for the joke.
People don’t usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they’ve paid 12 bucks for it. Hiyooooo!!!
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 25, 2014
Seth Rogen was joking about threats aimed at him for making The Interview six months ago. With foreshadowing this prescient it’s clear Rogen is a better storyteller than anyone thought.
The Hollywood Elite
— Lee Cocker (@leecocker) December 20, 2014
That’s a pretty good Photoshop job which makes Kim Jong-un look happy to be part of Ellen’s infamous Oscars selfie. Or did this actually happen?
The Harshest Movie Review Ever
North Korean hackers are the new Siskel and Ebert. Instead of thumbs they use the middle finger. #Sony
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) December 17, 2014
I like to think there are a team of North Korean movie reviewers currently posting negative reviews of The Interview on IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, and elsewhere.
The Stuff Of Legend
Everyone who went to the premiere of “The Interview” needs to start recounting every detail, so it can be passed down via oral tradition.
— Chris Willman (@ChrisWillman) December 18, 2014
This is certainly one idea for how to get the film out into the public domain. There are people who have seen The Interview, and we need them to remember the flick line by unfunny line.
Record Box-Office Takings
THE INTERVIEW is now poised to shatter the world record for “spite viewings.”
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 17, 2014
I wanted to see The Interview anyway, but I can imagine there are millions of people out there who will now watch it despite not previously having any interest in seeing a stupid comedy.
— Alistair Coleman (@scaryduck) December 18, 2014
Kim Jong-un does seem to be enjoying The Interview in this picture, but not half as much as his underlings. It seems no one remembered to bring the popcorn though.
Making Light Of The Drama
We should hack North Korea back and turn off their light.
— Chris Regan (@ChrisRRegan) December 18, 2014
There were several tweets making fun of North Korea and its apparent lack of modern conveniences. This one wins the prize for making light of the situation. Badum-tish.
Sony’s decision to pull THE INTERVIEW is unsettling in so many ways. Good thing they didn’t publish THE SATANIC VERSES.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 18, 2014
Stephen King pulled no punches with his criticism of Sony, eschewing humor in favor of referencing The Satanic Verses. Which is rather fitting for an author of his repute.
Land Of Confusion
meanwhile everyone in north korea is like “what is a movie”
— Sam Biddle (@samfbiddle) December 17, 2014
I wonder if this is in any way accurate? Is the average North Korean citizen even aware of Hollywood? If not then they will never have had the pleasure of seeing a Michael Bay film. /sarcasm
— someecards (@someecards) December 18, 2014
To be absolutely fair to North Korea and the hackers responsible for this, any movie which doesn’t show Kim Jong-un being killed is probably OK. Which is every other movie ever made.
Invading Our Inboxes
A: Let’s pull the movie. There will be a public outcry. Then when we do release it It’ll be huge. I’ll email u the details. B: DON’T EMAIL!
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) December 18, 2014
There are people who think this is all one big conspiracy theory designed to boost interest in the film before release. It’s entirely possible, but I personally don’t buy it.
No Moore Transformers
Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I’d also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 17, 2014
It seems Michael Moore really doesn’t like Michael Bay or what he did to the Transformers franchise. And to be fair he isn’t alone.
Now the only way The Interview will be released is if James Franco & Seth Rogen fly to North Korea to “apologize”& kill Kim Jong-un.
— Eugene Mirman (@EugeneMirman) December 18, 2014
Now that’s a conspiracy theory. A movie about an assassination hidden behind an interview is used as the basis for an assassination hidden behind an interview. Genius.
Hello, this is North Korea again. If another episode of Two and a Half Men airs anywhere at any time, there will be consequences.
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) December 17, 2014
If The Interview is unpopular in North Korea then Two and a Half Men must really offend them. Then again, it offends me as well. Because it’s unfunny nonsense.
— J. Cobb (@The_J_Cobb) December 20, 2014
The change in tone of the conversation surrounding The Interview has been intriguing to see. People either didn’t care about this film or thought it was in bad taste. But no longer.
What’s Ebola Got To Do With It?
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 18, 2014
While Mitt Romney’s plan for Sony to release The Interview online on a pay-what-you-want basis is a sound one, donating the money to the fight against Ebola seems a little random.
Liam Neeson Leaks
What do I think about The Interview? pic.twitter.com/Zmg04oaJNq
— Kyle Maddock (@madcanard) December 18, 2014
Wait, that’s a plan. Get Liam Neeson on the case and this whole thing will be sorted out in no time. Team him up with Chuck Norris and North Korea will literally wet its pants.
Kim Jung-un Admits The Truth!
Our cyber attack on Sony is pretty impressive when you consider the most advanced computer in our country is an Atari.
— Kim Jong-un (@_Kim_Jongun) December 17, 2014
We assume this is the real Kim Jong-un. I mean, there is no reason to believe anything other than Kim Jong-un being a regular user of Twitter. And admitting his guilt. In perfect English. Is there?
What’s Your Opinion On The Interview?
So, you’ve seen what the Internet had to say about The Interview, but what’s your personal opinion on the film itself, Sony’s decision to pull it, or the hackers who began this whole sorry saga? Please let us know in the comments below. All will be read, and all but the idiotic ones will be rewarded with a reply.
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