There's no other way to say it: The Sony Pictures hack was a terrorist attack. It was carried out by North Korea, furious over the new Seth Rogen and James Franco film "The Interview" - a comedy about assassinating North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Un - that was set to be released on Christmas Day.
On top of releasing loads upon loads of personal information about top celebrities, the Guardians of Peace (#GOP) also released a grim warning to anyone headed to the theaters to see the movie on Christmas Day, threatening 9/11-style attacks.
We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places "The Interview" be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.
Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.
The world will be full of fear.
Remember the 11th of September 2001.
We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.
(If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)
Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
All the world will denounce the SONY.
Because 9/11 taps into a major anxiety among Americans, Sony has officially pulled the plug on the movie's release, and all major movie theaters chains - AMC Entertainment, Regal Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike and Bow Tie Cinemas - have done the same.
Despite no credible threat according to the Department of Homeland Security, Sony taking a "better safe than sorry" approach. It said in a statement:
In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.
Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.
Hollywood has since taken to Twitter to voice its displeasure in essentially letting the terrorists win, while lawmakers had another suggestion:
Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014
There's no word yet on if Sony plans to release the movie at all - online or on DVD. Stay tuned to what's Happening Now for the latest as it breaks.