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Sony’s Call to Yank ‘The Interview’ From Theaters Irks Public, Poll Says

Sony made a mistake when it pulled its movie 'The Interview' from theaters in response to  threats by hackers most Americans with an opinion on the subject said in a new poll. (Photo:: Studio)

Sony made a mistake when it pulled its movie ‘The Interview’ from theaters in response to threats by hackers most Americans with an opinion on the subject said in a new poll. (Photo:: Studio)

Sony’s decision to pull it’s North Korean comedy movie “The Interview” from theaters in the face of threats from unknown hackers was a mistake according to nearly half of the people who responded to a new poll by Reuters News Agency.

The UK-based news service and Ipsos polled 1,246 Americans online released today (Dec. 22) and found that 47 percent disagreed with Sony’s decision to back down.

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But 29 percent of those polled said it was the right thing to do in the face of threats of violence against movie theaters that showed the film by a shadowy hackers group that calls itself “Guardians of Peace.”

Almost as many, 24 percent, said they had no opinion the matter, according to the poll, which had a “credibility interval” of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

The film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is about two newsmen who land a rare interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. They’re recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim.

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The charts their hilarious series of mishaps and ends with the Korean dictator dying in a fiery crash. His head literally explodes at the end of the movie.

Given the film is a satire, TheImproper published a satirical article June 12, imagining what Kim’s response might be.

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We never dreamed he would really respond. But the UK’s Guardian newspaper reported that Kim “expressed his displeasure” with the film through a spokesman.

In our piece, of course, we went a little farther. We had Kim vowing to nuke Hollywood with his crude arsenal of warheads and missiles. (Hey, it was satire!)

But Kim apparently chose instead to launch a cyber attack on Sony. Despite the dictator’s heated denials, the FBI has concluded that the North Korean government is responsible.

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The devastating cyber attack crashed Sony computers and allowed hackers to download hundreds of internal documents, many of which made their way onto the Internet.

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