The Interview: Seth Rogen and James Franco’s Movie Banned?

 

As you might have heard, last year the movie ‘The Interview’ starting Seth Rogen and James Franco sparked an enormous commotion that led to the Sony Hack. This week, 12th graders taking the AP English course decided to show their stance on this rampage.

Aaron Sorkin, the director of the movie ‘The Social Network’ wrote an Op-Ed article about the issue. The students’ assignment today was to write an essay stating the purpose of the article, and to create their own thesis statement about their perspective on the issue using evidence from the text. This assignment was not only challenging, but it also touched on issues that are relevant today. Students talked about censorship, greed, and bias to address a problem that was going on in our society.

Students learned that not only it is important to voice their opinion, but also to have solid evidence that backs up their belief. By creating a thesis statement that addresses the issue, students have the opportunity to strongly express their opinion on why it was correct or incorrect for the Guardians of Peace to release confidential information and ban the movie.

Some students have seen the movie, while others have not. If you’ve seen the movie, what do you think should have been done? Did Sony make the right choice? Would you un-ban the movie?

A photo of a screen showing what is apparently the skull splash page that appeared on Sony company computers when the attack started, posted by someone who said he was a former Sony employee who was sent the image by current Sony employees. The image was first posted on Reddit.
A photo of a screen showing what is apparently the skull splash page that appeared on Sony company computers when the attack started, posted by someone who said he was a former Sony employee who was sent the image by current Sony employees.
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