At President Barack Obama’s Annual Year-End News Conference, Obama commented on the Sony hack and their subsequent cancellation of releasing The Interview:
“Sony is a corporation. It suffered significant damage, threats against some employees. I am sympathetic to the concerns they faced. Having said that, yes I think they made a mistake.”
As the FBI has just named North Korea officially responsible for ordering the hack, Obama stressed the importance of not bending to the will of an entire government that merely doesn’t like being portrayed poorly:
We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States. Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don’t like, or a news report that they don’t like, or, even worse, imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of somebody whose sensibilities probably need to be offended. That’s not who we are. That’s not what America is about.
Also, Obama stated that the United States “will respond proportionately at a time and place we choose”. There are most surely plenty of despicable things to be found the e-mails of the North Korean government and their own national cinema probably doesn’t even come close to pulling off a movie that’s anything like The Interview.
What would a proportionate response be? Maybe hack their air waves and broadcast The Interview on every North Korean television on repeat? A whole load of satirical movies on Kim Jong-Un and North Korea?