Two time Academy Award winning actor Sean Penn has given his two cents worth on the Great Sony Hack of 2014.
The grandson of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania and Russia on his father’s side released a statement in a letter to Mother Jones in which he said that he fears the decision by Sony to pull the movie “The Interview” was a mistake that sent the wrong message. Mr. Penn’s comments are notable because he seems to be one of the few people in Hollywood to not have been affected by or mentioned in any of the hacked Sony emails which were divulged by the hackers.
The letter opened: “The damage we do to ourselves typically outweighs the harm caused by outside threats or actions. Then by caving to the outside threat, we make our nightmares real. The decision to pull ‘The Interview’ is historic. It’s a case of putting short term interests ahead of the long term. If we don’t get the world on board to see that this is a game changer, if this hacking doesn’t frighten the Chinese and the Russians, we’re in for a very different world, a very different country, community, and a very different culture.”
The actor closed by Saying, “I’m not sure the world has come to terms with all the implications of the hacking. I was in Liberia and Sierra Leone right at the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in April. It did seem to those of us there that the response was neither coming swiftly or with a true sense of urgency. This feels the same. This matter should be before the UN Security Council today.”