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Directors Guild of America Defends Sony: We Won’t Be ‘Cowed by Extremists’

George Clooney said today he attempted to get Hollywood support for a petition to stand by Sony amid the recent hacking and threats that caused the studio giant to completely pull The Interview from its planned December 25th release. And what happened? Well, he said everyone’s too scared to speak out.

Fortunately, the Directors Guild of America put out a statement today throwing its full support behind Seth Rogen and co-director Evan Goldberg, blasting both the cyberattacks against Sony and the potential “chilling effect” of censorship this could have for future directors trying to make controversial films.

Here’s the full statement, from DGA President Paris Barclay:

As the events of the past weeks have made painfully clear, we are now living in an age in which the Internet can enable a few remote cyber criminals to hold an entire industry hostage. This unprecedented situation demonstrates that even basic rights such as freedom of expression can quickly fall prey to those who would misuse and abuse the Internet to steal from, intimidate and terrorize our industry and our nation, and stands as an excruciating illustration of the heightened need for the federal government to increase its efforts to protect our society against cyber crimes, terrorism and all of its implications.

We hope that instead of the ‘chilling effect’ on controversial content, this incident becomes a rallying point for all of us who care about freedom of expression to come together and champion this inalienable right. We stand by our director members Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and hope that a way can be found to distribute the film by some means, to demonstrate that our industry is not cowed by extremists of any type.

Some celebrities have voiced their support for Sony and/or the people involved in making The Interview, but there hasn’t been a tremendous response from Hollywood.

[h/t Deadline]
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