The most popular and durable Hollywood character is the lone hero. The man, or woman, who against all odds, confronts and defeats evil. In the old days, there was usually a shoot out, a duel on the dusty street of a frontier town between the forces of darkness and the forces of decency.
From the frontier marshall to the honest lawyer to the incorruptible rogue cop, Hollywood has elevated this persona to iconic status. He is a noble protagonist to celebrate and emulate.
But Hollywood, the principle author of this heroic image, is home to cowards.
Sony’s capitulation to the North Korean hackers, withdrawing the release of the Seth Rogan, James Franco comedy The Interview is simply horrifying.
Sony have just incentivized terror. And that which is rewarded is repeated.
Hollywood already heavily self-censors in regard to Islamic terror.
Now, every film in development about the ghastly North Korean regime, and there are several, will be quietly dumped.
You know who’s watching and learning? Iran. They see how easily Sony capitulated. They note that President Obama said not one word about this cyber war and terrorist intimidation.
The Persians draw a simple conclusion: When you are a nuclear power you get away with anything.
Also on the sidelines, taking copious notes, is every IslamoNazi on the face of the earth. They see another front on which to stake their brand of terror. Hollywood, the most powerful tool of propaganda the world has ever seen, can be intimidated into silence with very little effort.
The Sony surrender is a massive defeat. No bombs were dropped, no bullets were fired, and no blood was shed. But liberty has been dealt a heavy blow.