“The president applauds Sony’s decision to authorize screenings of
the film,” the statement said. “As the President made clear, we’re
a country that believes in free speech and the right of artistic
expression. The decision made by Sony and participating theaters
allows people to make their own choices about the film and we
welcome that outcome.”
The statement came a few hours after the studio reversed its Dec.
17 announcement to withdraw “The Interview” and opted instead for
a limited release to independent theaters — and four days after
the president said Sony had “made a mistake” by pulling the Seth
Rogen-James Franco satire out of theaters.