The World Changed Yesterday

I go away from the internet for one day and look what happens!

The world changed yesterday… for better, for worse… it changed.

While President Obama was announcing that America was changing its relationship (or lack of one) with Cuba, Sony announces that they will cave to terrorist threats and not release the new Seth Rogen/James Franco Movie, “The Interview”.

Some say the President is doing the right thing, that it’s time to rethink our policies on dealing with Cuba (after all it’s been the way it is for over 50 years, and NOTHING seems to have changed). Other’s think the President has once again screwed over America. Cuba is the enemy and the enemy is the devil… (it’s tradition).

As for Sony, same thing… some think they did the right thing by canceling the release of the ‘The Interview”, after all, there are threats of a “911” on movie goers, it’sfreaking scary. But others say this was the worst thing Sony could have done to deal with the cyber threats.

Do you want to know what I think?

Well, you are here and you are still reading, so I guess you do.

Reaching out to Cuba and trying to reestablish ties with them has to happen eventually if we want change from the way it is now. And the way it is now just isn’t right. I am not going to go over the back-n-forth America and Cuba have been involved in during the last 50 years, but it’s definitely two-sided. Though as with all the things America does, we can always argue that we do what we do for the greater good. Freedom is something ALL people should have, and any country whose people are not free and suffer at the hands of dictators or corrupt rulers, endangers not only them, but us as well… and we can’t afford to turn our backs on those who suffer or reward those who oppress. And guess what, I very much agree. But it’s time to reevaluate lots of different things here in America, and around the world as well… because the way we do things is not working… we have to try other ways. We have to look at alternative actions to the solutions we all chase… because aren’t we tired of just chasing these solutions?

Could changing our ways with Cuba end up being a bad thing? Of course it could…  but it could also be the start of something really good. We could set the example on how we keep saying other countries with similar issues should behave. And if it does go bad… isn’t it just better to get it over with. I mean if we can’t get along, shouldn’t we just admit it and all just go at it? But we can get along… and most of us know it. And that is what we as a country and we as humanity are aiming for, right? So let’s try something different… what’s that phrase I’ve seen some of you post before, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”  That seems to at least somewhat apply here.

Flip that coin and let’s look at what Sony did. Most would probably say they  gave in to terrorist demands, something you should never do. And I’d love to be a hypocrite here and agree. I want to say, you can’t back down from any type of terrorism, fuck North Korea, fuck GOP, put that movie out, don’t fuck my Christmas up, because I really want to see that movie. (I’m serious, my Christmas is ruined). But honestly, Sony had no choice.

This could be bad… really bad. Threats on the internet can now stop movies from being released?!? What’s next? I’m not going into all that now awaits us in this new world, but the implications are beyond any type of scary I have ever experienced. Still, like I said, Sony had no choice.

Many theaters had already decided to not show it and can you blame them, it’s one of  the busiest movie days of the year, and if they play that movie, they take a chance of people not coming to their theater to see any movie, just out of fear of something happening. They could lose a lot of money due to just the fear factor of it. There are other movies to think about as well, they too could lose money just because they are playing at a theater where ‘The Interview” is playing.

And what if it played as planed and something did happen? Yes, Sony had no choice.

I still say that sucks, and this can’t end there.

And it won’t. I see now the White house is getting involved, after all this is a succesful terrorist attack at the moment, but it’s not over… there is much more to come… and as I said… the world has changed.

I will be blogging much more about this as it all unfolds…

I do hope though, that Sony decides to try a different approach to this movie since they can not release it as planed, but should be seen by those who want to see it… flip the technology back again… put it straight out on direct view type cable and Netflix… put it online! Do it before someone just hacks in and puts it out there. J/K… but you get the idea…

So, yea, I have opinions, and they are shakey… like the rest of us who see a world that could be… I have to struggle with my views… as we should… they are not clear choices… do we try to understand each other better and learn to accept and help each other get to where we want to be… or do we just say enough is enough and stand up to all who are against us. Get it over with. Stop pussy-footing around and take the enemy down. One way or another stop chasing the solutions and actually achieve them.

Did everyone just go whoa? I know I did.

The Interview And The GOP

The last movie I went to see at the theater was “Guardians Of The Galaxy”. It was playing at the cheap theater (normaly $1.50 but this was $3.50 because it was in 3D, still a very good deal) since it was about to be released on DVD (which since then it has been, check it out, if you like Marvel movies you should love it and wait for after the credits for a look back into the ’80s… lol). The movie was great, but it was the coming attractions that really caught my attention.

The preview for The Interview staring  Seth Rogen and James Franco showed and after seeing it, I said to myself… “that’s gonna cause some trouble”.  And boy was I right.

The plot of the movie deals with an american talk show host and the talk show’s producer being invited to North Korea to interview North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Before they can go though the CIA recruits them to assassinate the dictator during their trip.

Seth, you are a genius… of course it’s safe to say Mr. Rogen will never make such a trip in real life…

So, if you havent heard, a group calling themselves the GOP (Guardians of Peace) (damn that’s pretty funny for so many reasons) have hacked into Sony Pictures and are causing havoc with the things they got at.

Now again, if you haven’t heard, the GOP are demanding that Sony not release the movie or they (Sony) will receive a special Christmas present from the GOP. This of course leads many to speculate North Korea’s involvement in the GOP. Again, I’m sorry, but that is funny.

So what has the GOP done so far? They’ve released  damaging emails as well as  put out movies yet to be released by Sony for the public to watch. It may seem silly and childish, but Sony is definitely losing money and people are probably losing their jobs… so yea, is it funny? Unfortunately it still is. I mean it’s like a freakin’ movie right?

Read these, see for yourself:

OK, it’s messed up, but something about Hollywood freaking out over its emails being posted is just funny, I mean, Seth Rogen should be writing all this down… it will make a great prequel to “This Is The End”.

I really liked what Lisa Kudrow had to say about it… it’s the same thing I keep saying here, anything you put out there, is out there! Don’t put anything on the internet in any form that you don’t want made public…

Still how far is GOP willing to go? What kind of gift will they leave for Sony if the movie is released as planed?

Alright, this isn’t funny anymore.

You better believe 2 things… I am keeping an eye on these stories and will be posting more on all this…

And on the day after Christmas look for a review of ‘The Interview” here on the blog, because I will be in that theater come Christmas Day, hopefully it’s as funny as it looks!