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President Obama on Sony dumping 'The Interview': 'I think they made a mistake'
Add President Obama to the list of people who think Sony made the wrong move in pulling "The Interview."
"I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced," said Obama at a year-end press conference Friday. "Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake."
"I would have told them 'Do not get into a pattern in which you're intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks,'" he continued. "That's not who we are. ...That's not what America's about."
In the aftermath of the President's remarks, Sony released an official statement on the matter that laid the blame on theater owners for deciding not to screen the film:
"The decision not to move forward with the December 25 theatrical release of 'The Interview' was made as a result of the majority of the nation’s theater owners choosing not to screen the film. This was their decision.
"Let us be clear – the only decision that we have made with respect to release of the film was not to release it on Christmas Day in theaters, after the theater owners declined to show it. Without theaters, we could not release it in the theaters on Christmas Day. We had no choice."
In the same statement the studio affirmed that they would, in fact, seek out other distribution platforms for moviegoers hoping to view the film, contradicting previous reports that would be canceling all release plans:
"After that decision, we immediately began actively surveying alternatives to enable us to release the movie on a different platform. It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so.”