I noted this morning that the Alamo Draft House movie theater in Dallas was showing Team America: World Police because Sony Pictures had withdrawn The Interview from distribution. I praised the Alamo for having the courage that Sony and virtually every national cinema chains lacked in being willing to mock the barbaric stone-age despot, Kim Jong Un.
Well, Paramount Pictures has joined the ranks of the cowardly cowards in their colossal cowardice by apparently refusing to grant Alamo Draft House and another independent movie house, Cleveland’s Capitol Theater, permission to show Team America. Who will stand for liberty when capitulation is so common?
Remember that these same movie companies and cinema chains are all too happy to show movies praising Julian Assange or Edward Snowden. Perhaps they know how generally benign the US government is in that it will do little or nothing to punish them for (rightly) criticizing it for illiberal actions. But the really menacing forces trying to block airing The Interview or publication of images of Muhammad are appeased.
Please save us, Team America!