Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin Apologize For Racial Emails About President Obama
Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin have apologized for racially insensitive remarks about President Obama contained in a series of emails stolen by hackers and then leaked as part of Sony’s hacking scandal.
A number of shocking and often insulting email exchanges about stars such as Angelina Jolie and Kevin Hart have surfaced this week as part of the hacking, but it was the uncovered conversation between Pascal and Rudin about Obama that led the Hollywood heavyweights to issue apologies.
In the leaked correspondence, Pascal asks Rudin what she should talk to Obama about during a November 2013 fundraising event. Rudin suggests, “Would he like to finance some movies,” to which Pascal replies, “I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?”
Rudin shoots back, “12 YEARS [A Slave].” Pascal says, “Or The Butler. Or Think Like A Man?” Both films have primarily black casts. Rudin then writes, “Ride-Along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”
On Thursday, Pascal formally apologized: “The content of my emails to Scott were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am. Although this was a private communication that was stolen, I accept full responsibility for what I wrote and apologize to everyone who was offended.”
Rudin also offered an apology, in a statement to Deadline. “Private emails between friends and colleagues written in haste and without much thought or sensitivity, even when the content of them is meant to be in jest, can result in offense where none was intended,” he told the outlet. “I made a series of remarks that were meant only to be funny, but in the cold light of day, they are in fact thoughtless and insensitive — and not funny at all. To anybody I’ve offended, I’m profoundly and deeply sorry, and I regret and apologize for any injury they might have caused.” What do you think of the original emails and the apologies?