Sony CEO Was Already Freaking Out About ‘The Interview’ This Summer
Just a gentle reminder that Sony is not a US company, and the “cave-in to terror” doesn’t belong to us. It belongs to Sony’s CEO, Kazuo Hirai. On the other hand in Japan they’ve directly experienced terror from North Korea in the form of threats, missile launches, and kidnappings of Citizens.
North Korea’s subsequent hack — which released tons of cringe-worthy emails — also revealed that Sony Corp’s CEO Kazuo Hirai was unusually involved in the production of “The Interview” after North Korea called the movie an “act of war” after seeing promos for it.
In fact, Hirai “broke a 25-year tradition” by interfering with the production of the irreverent comedy starting Seth Rogen and James Franco, The New York Times has reported. Generally, an executive from parent company Sony Corp. wouldn’t insert himself into the decisions of the company’s usually independent studio, Sony Pictures.
Hacked emails cited by The Times showed that Hirai told the studio to tone down a scene showing Kim’s head exploding. Seth Rogen sent an email to Sony Pictures executives that apparently addressed Hirai’s concerns about the exploding head.