Hollywood is on war footing this morning. Rob Lowe – that handsome bloke in Parks and Recreation – has compared Sony’s decision to pull The Interview to Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler. Judd Adaptow is spitting frogs. Ben Stiller and Steve Carell can’t raise a smirk between them, both lamenting the collapse of freedom of expression.
But was it the right call? Threats had been made of an attack similar to 9/11, and America’s five biggest cinema chains had already pulled out of the release.
With the Adam Lanza shooting at the Dark Knight premiere still fresh in the memory, is it better safe than sorry? Or is Hollywood's "right to take the piss" now irreversibly undermined?