Saturday’s demonstration at the Mall of America by Black Lives Matter disrupted holiday shopping on the Saturday before Christmas. A few weeks ago, a demonstration promoting the same cause shut down northbound traffic on Interstate Hwy. 35W in Minneapolis. Police made no arrests during the I-35W closure, and said they had arrested 25 people Saturday at the mall. Today’s Question: Is it OK to disrupt commerce for a social cause?
Protesters with their arms in the air, chanting, “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” walked through the Mall of America Saturday afternoon, while others gathered in the building’s rotunda amid stories-high silver Christmas trees, chanting “Black Lives Matter.”
Today’s Question: Should protesters be able to demonstrate at the Mall of America?
“Sony Pictures has canceled the Christmas Day release of The Interview, the comedy that centers on a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader. The move came after the largest U.S. movie theater chains said they won’t screen the film in the wake of threats against them by a group that also allegedly hacked Sony’s internal documents,” writes NPR’s Krishnadev Calamur.
“We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public,” Sony said in a statement. “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”
Today’s Question: Did Sony make the right call by not releasing The Interview?
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