The person, or persons, behind the recent hack of Sony emails has taken things to the next level, now threatening “9/11-style” terrorist attacks against theaters that show the film The Interview.
In a full statement released today by the hackers, and published by Gizmodo, the Sony hackers warned of terrorist attacks against any theater that dared show the film.
“Warning. 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.”
According to the Internet Movie Database, The Interview — which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco — tells the story of two journalists who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un under the guise of an interview. According to this Inquisitr report, North Korea has declared that Sony’s producing The Interview is tantamount to an act of war.
As of this post, it is unclear who is behind the Sony hack. North Korea has denied involvement in the hack, according to Variety, but has praised the hackers.
Meanwhile, Sony is in full damage-control mode over the hack. The hacked emails released some rather sensitive and embarrassing emails, to say the least. In addition to Sony employees’ social security numbers, medical files, and salaries, the hackers have also released e-mails calling Angelina Jolie “a minimally-talented spoiled brat,” and revealing racially-charged jokes about Barack Obama’s taste in movies between executives, according to CNET.
Sony has threatened legal action against news agencies that continue to publish, and do not destroy, the content of the hacked e-mails, according to the Washington Post.
Neither the FBI nor the National Association of Theater Owners has responded to the threats of terrorism from the Sony hackers as of this post. However, the Wrap reports that unnamed sources have reported that Sony is considering pulling The Interview. A screening of The Interview took place last week in Los Angeles without incident, and another screening is scheduled for this Thursday in New York.
Will the threat of terrorism from the Sony hackers keep you from seeing The Interview? Sound off in the comments below.
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