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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / Op-Ed ContributorsEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsFrom the ReadersDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPFilm too rude and crude for Asian tastesBy Philip J. Cunningham (China Daily) Updated:2014-12-23 08:15Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallThe Interview may be a joke of a film, but the Sony hacking incident, and escalating war of words between detractors of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong-un and the reportedly pro-Kim hackers, are deadly serious matters.The United States is rightly proud of its tradition of free speech and Hollywood filmmaking. But to put a lame, zany ill-conceived comedy film on the frontline of a trumped-up battle to preserve Western values is a bit like backing Bozo the clown and refusing to back down. It suggests Hollywood can do no wrong. It echoes the one-sided nationalism that has recently been invoked in defense of the CIAs indefensible torture tactics; admit no wrong, if we do it, it cannot be bad.Hollywood hardly holds the high moral ground; it has a rich history of self-censorship, pandering to vested interests and playing to power. Sony Executive Amy Pascal is no exception; she has vowed never to work with Mel Gibson after his drunken outburst against Jews, for which he later apologized, yet her reputation now rests on her decision to give the green light to a nasty, racist film written by a comic team looking for quick bucks and cheap laughs.The climax scene in Seth Rogans The Interview, in which an explosive projectile strikes the DPRK leader in the head, is not only not art, it also constitutes a kind of hate speech which would be fiercely contested if the object of the on-screen killing were a standing leader of the US or an ally.The Sony hacks are unprecedented, but it is ludicrous to see them as an act of war as suggested by radio shock jock Howard Stern, and right-leaning America-firsters. The financial damage to Sony is real, and mounting, and it raises vexing issues of how to balance privacy and journalists right to publish leaked documents and a host of other digital age conundrums that will be discussed for years to come.Previous Page1 2 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 Next Page8.03KRelated StoriesNo judgment yet on Sony; evidence awaitedObama: Cyber attack on Sony not act of warPyongyang denies cyberattack on SonyObama says to respond proportionally to Sony cyber attackMost Viewed Todays Top NewsTerrorism has a new name: cowardiceRules for realty registrationRising power should be given more sayFilm too rude and crude for Asian tastesSustaining new-normal growthForum TrendsTop 10 things to do in ChinaIs it fair to have kids when you cant afford them?Forgive, but never forget!10 bad behaviors of Chinese driversShould divorce be made more difficult?What to give: Cash or gift?7 reasons I came to ChinaColumnistsTerrorism has a new name: cowardiceAmericans torture support disturbingFeatured ContributorsNo more ugly Chinese tourists, pleaseGrowth down, stock index upStar BloggersMost Chinese people are great By MichaelMIve had a wide range of dramatic experiences lately. Last night at dinner, I had one that is often repeated, but, not quite as much as it did. Let me explain.God save native English speakers By eddieturksonI chose the title God save English native speakers simply because the phrase “native English speakers” has become synonymous with all Caucasians (whites).My life with a blog in 2014 By Judy_zhuIve been thinking about writing an article to summarize my life in the past year, 2014, and I saw the topic popping out yesterday. What a wonderful coincidence!SpecialExperts take on world in 2015Top 8 hot words of 2014Nanjing bookseller adds passion in the pages…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer |Copyright 1995 -. All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.License for publishing multimedia online 0108263             Registration Number: 130349      

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