Clooney Slams Hollywood After Failed Petition

Actor attacks censorship, media response to Sony hack
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2014 9:43 AM CST
Clooney Slams Hollywood After Failed Petition
This Feb. 9, 2014, file photo shows American actor George Clooney in Milan, Italy.   (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu, File)

George Clooney is pissed about the Sony hack by North Korea and the subsequent pull of The Interview. Speaking with Deadline, he not only says Hollywood is filled with scaredy-cats, he slams the media for having "abdicated its real duty." Clooney says he drafted a petition in support of "Sony's decision not to submit to these hackers' demands" and circulated it to "basically the heads of every place" a week ago. "Nobody stood up," he says. While he says people "know what they themselves have written in their emails, and they're afraid," he adds, "Sony didn't pull the movie because they were scared; they pulled the movie because all the theaters said they were not going to run it."

Clooney argues that studios and directors should be able to make any movie they want, and people can talk with their feet: refusing to go, refusing to see another movie by that studio ever again, for instance. But "to say we're going to make you pull it, we're going to censor you," that's playing in "a very dangerous pool," says Clooney. "What happens if a newsroom decides to go with a story, and a country or an individual or corporation decides they don't like it?" Clooney also appears to attack the media's focus on leaked emails. "Understand what is going on right now, because the world just changed on your watch, and you weren't even paying attention," he says. As for what to do with The Interview now, he agrees with Mitt Romney, at least in part. "Stick it online. Do whatever you can to get this movie out," he says. "We cannot be told we can't see something by Kim Jong Un, of all f***ing people." (More George Clooney stories.)

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