Republicans Float Plan to Screen 'The Interview,' Save Freedom

The Republican National Committee chairman has offered to mobilize his base in order to get people to buy tickets to the scrapped Sony film.
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In the latest plot twist in the Sony hacking saga, the Republican Party is casting itself as the hero that rides in and saves the day for freedom. 

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus sent out a letter to movie theater chains on Sunday, urging them to reconsider their decision to cancel showings of "The Interview" in light of terrorist threats made against any theater that showed the comedy. 

"As you know, the Republican Party and Hollywood have at times been at odds. But we can all agree that the current situation regarding the release of The Interview goes far beyond politics," Priebus said in his letter. "It is about freedom and free enterprise."

Just as President Obama criticized Sony executives for their decision to pull the release of "The Interview," Priebus said that the theater chains buckling to "threats from the North Korean dictatorship" sets a "terrible precedent." 

In order to rectify the situation, Priebus said he would mobilize the GOP base in a symbolic show of support for free expression. 

"As a sign of my commitment, if you agree to show this movie, I will send a note to the Republican Party’s millions of donors and supporters urging them to buy a ticket—not to support one movie or Hollywood, but to show North Korea we cannot be bullied into giving up our freedom," Priebus said. 

As of this writing, the theater chains had yet to respond to the offer.