Reacting to Sony’s cancellation of it’s Christmas day release of “The Interview,” Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano blasted the decision, calling it “utterly gutless, utterly reprehensible and utterly cowardly.”
The Judge also said that the movie was “crushed” because the film is about a “monster,” “a person we have every right to criticize and mock.” Napolitano added that Sony’s decision is “totally alien to the American tradition.”
Napolitano made the comments to “Special Report” host Bret Baier Thursday night.
JUDGE NAPOLITANO: “Sony is a private company and they can do what they want with their own product. But their decision was utterly gutless, utterly reprehensible and utterly cowardly. They should have distributed the film and let the theater decide, and local police in New York City would have provided the security. Big picture: the federal government has a profound obligation to protect the nation from physical invasion, as well as cyber invasion. It has a profound obligation to protect our freedom of speech. But this movie was crushed because it’s a satire about a monster, a person we have every right to criticize and mock. It is totally alien to the American tradition.
BRET BAIER: “If you’re that company, Sony, and you’re hearing from theaters saying we’re worried, you know, these threats are out there…”
NAPOLITANO: “Some of the fears are real. Look at what happened in Aurora, Colorado. If I’m Sony, I’d put this thing on YouTube and there’s nobody that can stop it. Everybody who wants to watch it can watch it. If I’m the President of the United States, I’d say put it in the theaters in [Washington] D.C. because I’m going to bring my wife and daughters to watch it.”