Naturally, celebrities took to Twitter to voice their shock and displeasure over Sony’s ultimate decision not to release The Interview on Christmas Day. Earlier in the day on Wednesday, major theater chains began admitting that they wouldn’t carry the film as planned. Finally, Sony took the decision out of the exhibitors’ hands and just pulled the comedy’s plug. Twitter, as you might imagine, became a hotbed of passionate opinion. Judd Apatow, a longtime collaborator of Seth Rogen’s, was persistent and vocal.
I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014
This only guarantees that this movie will be seen by more people on Earth than it would have before. Legally or illegally all will see it.— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014
Steve Carell, who had a film cancelled because it was supposed to be set in North Korea, Tweeted:
Sad day for creative expression. #feareatsthesoul— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) December 17, 2014
And from there, the conversation snowballed, with celebs of all shapes and sizes weighing in. Ben Stiller, who has his own movie hitting theaters this week, stated:
Really hard to believe this is the response to a threat to freedom of expression here in America. #TheInterview— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) December 18, 2014
Filmmaker Michael Moore tried a joke:
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
While Patton Oswalt, a comedian, kept it serious:
All joking aside, we just gave a comfy foothold to censorship & it doesn't get any better from this point on. #TheInterview— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 18, 2014
Bill Maher took our country to task:
Albert Brooks went historical instead of hysterical:
City of Atlanta demands all remaining prints of gone with the wind be destroyed— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 17, 2014
Jimmy Kimmel responded to Apatow with concerns of his own:
. @JuddApatow I agree wholeheartedly. An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent.— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) December 17, 2014
Rob Lowe said what most of us were thinking:
Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014
Hell, even Newt Gingrich is pissed!
No one should kid themselves. With the Sony collapse America has lost its first cyberwar. This is a very very dangerous precedent.— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 17, 2014
You know who hasn’t responded on social media yet? Seth Rogen, whose last Tweet was about Birdman. Like us, he probably doesn’t know what to say in the wake of this increasingly bizarre story.