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Holiday Tidbits: One More Damn Interview Thing

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Memo to Michael Lynton: WAY TO PARSE, ASSHOLE.

NOTE: During the holiday stretch, I plan on posting mini-columns unless a topic really grabs me and I go long. We'll see how it goes.

I really don't want to give too much more space to the bullshit surrounding The Interview. While I'm not necessarily averse to giving a topic more space than it deserves in the grand scheme of things, when I do, it's because I have a particular glee for the topic. You know, like Paula Deen.

The Interview is no such topic. But a comment by Sony Entertainment head Michael Lynton over the weekend does need a bit of addressing perfect for smaller holiday tidbits. ACTUAL QUOTE TIME!

"We have not given in. And we have not backed down. We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie."

Lynton also pointed to the "sequence of events", which tells me htat he's blaming the movie theaters who were the first to decide not to show the movie, leading Sony to cancel what remained of the release. Which is true, but not helpful, especially given the way Lynton spun it.

"Every desire" to have people see The Interview covers a lot of desire. For example, there's the desire to have people see the movie even if it costs Sony 100 million dollars. I bet they don't have that desire. For fuck's sake, they don't even appear to have the desirre to have people see the movie on video on demand.

So yes, technically, their desire to release The Interview in a manner that maximizes their ability to profit off the controversy while minimizing their liability in the unlikely event something were to happen counts as not "giving in", claiming that what happened isn't "backing down" stretches the definition far past its tensile strength.