Rep Brad Sherman (D-CA) has invited Sony Pictures Entertainment to screen The Interview on Capitol Hill. The screening would give politicians in Washington the chance to “to stand in solidarity with Sony Pictures and the American film industry,” to demonstrate Congress’s support of our right to freedom of speech, and help lawmakers have a better understanding of the film, Sherman said in the letter sent to Sony CEO Michael Lynton.
“Exactly what happens Christmas Day is not important. What’s important is that this movie be seen by the American people, that the movie theater owners step forward, that Sony steps forward, that local and national law enforcement step forward and that we demonstrate to the world that we’ll go to see this movie even if its sophomoric,” Sherman had said on CNBC’s Closing Bell, late last week. “We’re not going to be deprived of seeing…a good or bad movie just because of threats from North Korea.”
Here is the full letter:
Dear Mr. Lynton
I am extending an offer to screen The Interview in the U.S. Capitol facilities.
As Chairman of the Entertainment Industries Caucus, I believe we should stand in solidarity with Sony Pictures and the American film industry. Threats from a dictator in North Korea should not stop Americans from seeing any movie. We have a responsibility to stand up against these attempts at intimidation.
This is also about educating Members of Congress. Everyone is talking about The Interview. I think it’s important for Congress to know, and see, what we are talking about.
Screening The Interview will demonstrate the U.S. Congress’s support of the freedom of speech. This is about our right to live without fear, and knowing that our values will not be compromised by the idle threats of a despotic regime. Good or bad, Americans should not be deprived of the opportunity to see this movie.
It is now the responsibility of the U.S. government to allocate the necessary resources to ensure moviegoers’ safety. We must help Sony Pictures, movie theater owners, and moviegoers regain the confidence to go see The Interview.
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