If you're the kind of person who spends a lot of time on the Internet, you're probably aware that Sony just pulled its upcoming feature film The Interview due to threats of terrorism. (If you're not the kind of person who spends a lot of time on the Internet, welcome to Cracked! We're like the New York Times of stuff you read while you're pooping.)
The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and that fuck who wiped out humanity in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is a comedy about assassinating the dictator of North Korea. Said tyrant wasn't happy with this, and his government threatened a strong and merciless response if Sony went through with the film's planned Christmas Day release. Shortly thereafter, Sony was hacked, a bunch of embarrassing out-of-touch-rich-executive emails were shared with the world, and for one brief second North Korean sympathizers actually made the world a better place.
Can you imagine life without knowing this is what an email from Channing Tatum looks like?
Then those same anonymous sources threatened mass murder if the film opened. Theaters began pulling out like a bunch of condomless teenagers and, ultimately, Sony canceled The Interview's release. New Regency followed by canceling an upcoming Steve Carell film about North Korea, and it's become abundantly clear that we won't see any movies set in that country for a long, long time.
All this may seem like a sudden burst of crazy brought on by the Sony hack, but it's really just the culmination of years' worth of wussing out. The sad truth is ...
We've Been Letting Angry, Crazy People Rule Us for Years
Remember earlier this year when Anita Sarkeesian tried to give a speech at Utah State University and had to back out because crazy assholes on the Internet threatened to murder her?
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The Internet is a peerless tool for the sharing of knowledge, and also death threats.
If that last sentence was gibberish, this should catch you up: Sarkeesian is a critic on the Internet who makes videos about how video games can be holy shit, kind of sexist, you guys. In a sane world, her work would provoke discussion and lively debate among video game fans and designers alike. But because this is the real world, they've mostly provoked hordes of sociopaths on the Internet to threaten her with murder and rape.