George Clooney has revealed that he was unable to get any support from Hollywood after circulating a letter to condemn the attack on Sony Pictures.
After the letter got sent around, no major names would dare sign up to it. Clooney then decided it was time to talk about the Sony hack in detail and revealed last night how he wanted people to stand up to the threat.
With thousands of emails ‘exposing’ most of Hollywood’s big names, it’s not difficult to see why many are afraid to publicly come out and condemn the attack. There is so much more data we still haven’t seen. There are so many emails waiting to be exposed that many figures are afraid they will be targeted next.
Speaking with Deadline, Clooney highlighted that the letter, which he had sent out with Bryan Lourd, was presented to a “fairly large number” of names, but people were afraid to sign it. He even admitted that all he needed was a couple of names, and he didn’t even get them.
This is the letter that was sent:
“On November 24 of this year, Sony Pictures was notified that it was the victim of a cyber attack, the effects of which is the most chilling and devastating of any cyber attack in the history of our country. Personal information including Social Security numbers, email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and the full texts of emails of tens of thousands of Sony employees was leaked online in an effort to scare and terrorize these workers. The hackers have made both demands and threats.
The demand that Sony halt the release of its upcoming comedy The Interview, a satirical film about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Their threats vary from personal—you better behave wisely—to threatening physical harm—not only you but your family is in danger.
North Korea has not claimed credit for the attack but has praised the act, calling it a righteous deed and promising merciless measures if the film is released. Meanwhile the hackers insist in their statement that what they’ve done so far is only a small part of our further plan.
This is not just an attack on Sony. It involves every studio, every network, every business and every individual in this country. That is why we fully support Sony’s decision not to submit to these hackers’ demands. We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty. We hope these hackers are brought to justice but until they are, we will not stand in fear. We will stand together.”
Would you sign up and support this statement if George Clooney asked for your help?