This morning I got up in a rant. What is a rant? It is being so angry about something that you have to speak, or in my case write.
For the past week there has been a lot of news about the movie “The Interview.” “The Interview” is a movie about the attempt to assassinate the President of North Korea. The movie was to come out on December 25, 2014 but has been pulled from movie theaters because of threats to bomb theaters that would be playing the movie. I know there is much more going on behind the scenes, but when did the American people begin to back down because of a threat. It’s like everyone is running scared; “oh no, oh no, we can’t let this happen!”
I have seen spots about “The Interview”; I have even listened to the actors promoting the movie. Is the movie distasteful? Yes! Would I go and see it anyway? No!. But I believe that once we start running from every threat that comes at us, we have already lost the fight. Someone in cyberspace has decided to take the giant on through threats of destruction.
Last night on CNN a reporter was talking about “The Interview” and the threats against movie theaters that would show the movie on Christmas day. He said there has been no evidence that North Korea’s cyberspace experts made these threats. So the media needs to stop saying that North Korea is behind this until there is evidence. Anyone from anywhere can use cyberspace to do anything they want to if they are clever enough and crazy enough. Hackers are everywhere. Once the computer was invented someone was looking for a way to get information about others. Unfortunately that is the way of life now, and as much as we want to be we are not living in the 1950’s any more!
We are running scared every time there is a knock at the door. Somebody is going to take something away from us! In my opinion when they pulled “The Interview” we lost something. We lost the freedom of speech and the freedom of choice. The choice to watch that movie or not.
You can find pornography on the computer, on TV, in movies, and magazines. I hate that this option is out there for anyone including our children and grandchildren to see. But the people who write and publish this stuff has the Freedom of Speech behind them. And those who look at pornography have the right to do so. Movies and books with extreme murder and mutilation of human beings and animals is out there for anyone to see. But the writers and publishers have the Freedom of Speech behind them. Again those who look at and read this material have the right to do so. On the other hand, I have the right to choice not to let that stuff in my house, or watch it on TV or the movies, or read the books that are written.
Do I care about “The Interview?” “NO!” Would I choose to watch “The Interview?” “NO!” But I do care that my choice was taken away when someone got scared and pulled the movie from the theaters. If enough people cared about the movie’s subject and did not want to have it shown, we can protest and not go to the movie. But it would be our choice to protest or stay home. It is not some cyberspace geek telling me what I can watch and what I cannot watch.
Go ahead and watch movies, or read a book, or search on the internet then understand that you are doing this by choice because someone else has the freedom to write and say what they wanted. End of rant? Probably not! So where do we go from here? I don’t know about you, but I am going to watch a movie.
Today, do something that challenges you, Linda.