Here’s National Review’s David French on Sony’s decision to pull The Interview from theaters in the face of a temper tantrum from the gout-ridden junior despot of North Korea:
…the irony is that we’re talking about an industry that routinely applauds itself for “speaking truth to power” or for it’s own “courage” when it makes films that their fellow progressives love but might anger a few people in Tennessee and Alabama. It’s not courage when you seek the acclaim of your peers at the expense of the feelings and mores of people who will do no more than publicly criticize your product. So, now, in the face of a miniscule “real” threat, we see the stuff Sony and Paramount are made of. And it is weak stuff indeed.
What we’re learning from this incident is that it’s easy to pose as a courageous defender of human rights and free expression when you live in a big, strong country that aggressively defends human rights and free expression. However, when you live in a country that routinely capitulates to terrorists and pitches human rights overboard at the slightest inconvenience, then the moral high ground starts to feel like a really lonely and dangerous place.
The (ahem) “artists” of our entertainment industry have spent the last several decades decrying and ridiculing the promotion and defense of American values around the world. Now, America isn’t even willing to defend free expression against the North Korean version of Newman from Seinfeld. And who pays the price? The people in the expression business.