Gossip & Capitulation

Two lessons from the Sony debacle.

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(7) Chas, December 22, 2014 2:29 AM

Those seeking equity must do equity.

The highest law, Torah, requires us to treat everyone with respect. "The Interview" not only disrespects a man, a national leader and arguably his nation, but intentionally for no purpose other than the viewer's amusement, makes a mockery of him. His response violates our civil/criminal statutes. But, should one who knowing provokes another to evil, be surprised at the consequences? Does the provocateur stand blameless?

(6) Anonymous, December 22, 2014 12:21 AM

Sony will make a FORTUNE from this experience!

They will probably release The Interview on pay per view. I can't really fault the theater owners for being afraid. However, if I were a theater owner I would feel frustrated and angry at the loss of profit.

(5) SusanE, December 21, 2014 8:30 PM

Big Deal? It really is.

Those people could have hacked Sony whether there was a movie made or not, because they DID hack it and they did it quickly and did it easily. The hackers are selective. Any other company can be hacked also. We've all been warned to watch our internet activity with selfies and sexting and cyber bullying.. If you send it through the internet it is public. If you don't want me to read the horrible things you say, don't make them public, better yet.....don't say them.

Not sure yet if North Korea was behind the hacking. The movie is in extremely poor taste and the subject is killing in comedy? Sony should have known better. They could have said no and made a profit from a better movie. Free speech isn't meant to joke about killing in entertainment form for millions to witness.

(4) Anonymous, December 21, 2014 4:07 PM

e-mails of sony

Making a movie about the bad attributes of the North Korean leader is talking bad about someone. In out Jewish world, we are not allowed to talk bad about someone. In retrobution, North Korea wants to talk bad about a lot of people. I think that one lesson for all is that Jew and non-Jew should not speak badly about another. See what repercussions it had on Sony and the whole company. North Korea now wants to release a ton of loshon hora e-mails (besides what else they wanted to do). But I still think North Korea is evil, I think this is just a lesson for Jews and non-Jews in general.

Sidney, December 22, 2014 1:33 AM

Confirmed Reshaim (Evil Doers) are not protected by Lashon Hara Halachah

This is Lashon Hara` 101. There is no halachah against disparaging outright evildoers (e.g. from yesteryear Hitler & Stalin); in fact in many cases it is a mitsvah (positive commandment) to do so. Caveat - one's intention when doing so must be to portray the eventual futility of evil or prevent others from imitating evildoers and not to make oneself look good compared to them.

(3) Michael Wall, December 21, 2014 3:20 PM

Live like no one is watching, and like everyone is.

If we make decisions based on what others will do/say, rather than doing what we know is right...are we the light among nations? It is how we act when no one sees that shows our character, and our commitment to the laws the a Rabbi spoke of. Let us all do what is right, no matter who is watching. G-d is watching, and He is at once a tough critic, and a warm audience, and our number one fan, rooting for our success.

(2) KEN, December 21, 2014 2:36 PM

Why is obama hiding from his responsilitity againj

yes,It is wrong for Sony to back down. The US government is responsible to protect its citizens from attacks by foreign governments. Sony contacted white house for help, and never received any support. obama lied, and is again playing golf. two more years!!

Anonymous, December 22, 2014 12:25 AM

How is Obama hiding from his responsibility?

Commenter #2--Obama stated that he WISHED Sony had contacted the White House. He would have advised them not to pull The Interview from the theaters. This was strictly a business decision.

Anonymous, December 22, 2014 12:26 AM

What if the movie had not been pulled?

Would you expect bodyguards at theaters all across America?

(1) Carmin Rosenthal, December 21, 2014 1:27 PM

Sony's responsibility

In this day of world terror, it is very risky to promote the murder of another country, even in jest. There are consequences for our actions, and a G-D less country like Korea is in the news almost daily spewing unG-Dly acts on their own people. Their leaders have no sense of humor. We live in a free country, but not a free world.


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