- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, California Democrat, wrote a letter to the CEO of Sony Pictures Monday extending an offer to screen “The Interview” — which was pulled from release amid a cyberattack at the hands of North Korea and terror threats — in the U.S. Capitol.

“Threats from a dictator in North Korea should not stop Americans from seeing any movie,” Mr. Sherman wrote. “We have a responsibility to stand up against these attempts at intimidation.”

Mr. Sherman wrote that it is now the responsibility of the U.S. government to allocate the necessary resources to “ensure moviegoers’ safety.”

“We must help Sony Pictures, movie theater owners and moviegoers regain the confidence to go see ‘The Interview,’ ” he wrote.

On Friday, Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican, wrote to President Obama asking him to host a screening of the comedy film — which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen and depicts the assassination of Korean Leader Kim Jong-un — at the White House.

Mr. Obama said he disagreed with the studio’s decision not to release the film but that he’s “sympathetic” to the studio’s concerns.

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