WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Republican Party wants movie theaters to show “The Interview.”

CBS News reports that Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus wrote an open letter to theater executives at major movie theater chains.

“I urge you to show the movie,” he wrote in the letter. “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 acknowledged that the Republican Party and Hollywood are “at odds” sometimes, but they agree on this.

“Giving in to threats from the North Korean dictatorship is ceding our freedom to the whims of a totalitarian regime,” he wrote.  “We are setting a troubling example and a terrible precedent.”

Priebus wrote his letter after President Barack Obama said Sony made a mistake in cancelling the movie’s release.

“I am sympathetic to the concerns that they feared,” Obama said during his end-of-year press conference last Friday. “Having said all that – yes, I think they made a mistake. That’s not who we are.  That’s not what America’s about.”

On Sunday, David Boies, a lawyer representing Sony Pictures Entertainment, said “The Interview” will be seen.

“Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed. How it’s going to be distributed, I don’t think anybody knows quite yet. But it’s going to be distributed. And what Sony has been trying to do is to get the picture out to the public,” Boies said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”


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