"But you always risk offending people when you open people's eyes to the way the world is. Sometimes the truth is a bit unpalatable." So said Peter Dale, the head of an entertainment company defending the release of a controversial film depicting the assassination of a sitting world leader.
No, he's not talking about the current controversial comedy depicting the North Korea leader Kim Jong Un's head exploding from a tank round. Back in 2006 a British documentary style TV film, "Death of a President" showed a realistic assassination of our sitting President, George W. Bush.
So the concept of a fictional film showing a head of state suddenly sent into the afterlife in a rather gruesome manner, has been done before. And the unprecedented horror of November 22, 1963 -- forever preserved in living color -- serve to remind us that truth is more powerful than fiction.
The attack on the First Amendment rights of Sony Entertainment to release movies as they see fit has taken an ominous turn with the cowardly terrorist threat to physically assault movie theaters showing the film.
Invoking 9/11 as a psychological weapon -- especially in broken English -- against the most sacred freedom we Americans enjoy, is doubly sacrilegious.
I had not planned to see "The Interview" at the Hadley Cinemark, mainly because it's not the kind of movie I could attend with my kids. Now, assuming they have the backbone to show it, I may see it twice.