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Sony CEO Responds To Obama; Blames Theater Owners For ‘Interview’ Cancellation

According to a CNN article published today, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton responded Friday after President Obama said the studio had “made a mistake” by pulling “The Interview.”

“The President, the press, and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened,” Lynton said in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. “We do not own movie theaters. We cannot determine whether or not a movie will be played in movie theaters.”

In response to President Obama’s remark that Sony “made a mistake” in pulling The Interview from theaters, Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton told CNN on Friday that “we have not caved, we have not given in, we have persevered, we will not back down.”

He explained that the studio “had no alternative” but to cancel The Interview’s planned Dec. 25 theatrical release because “movie theaters came to us one by one and announced that they would not carry the movie.” He added that the hack is the “worst cyberattack in American history,” but insisted that Sony “would still like the public to see this movie. Absolutely.

Another message from the hackers credited Sony for making a “very wise” decision in canceling the film’s Christmas Day release was released on Thursday night.



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