More news from Post-Racial United States: Sony Pictures Entertainment’s movie chief and one of its top producers apologized Thursday following the release of racially-tinged emails online regarding President Obama’s imagined movie tastes.
The emails exchanged between film producer Scott Rudin and Sony’s co-chairwoman, Amy Pascal, was released by hackers online and reported by BuzzFeed. The exchange took place before a breakfast that the President was going to attend organized by Jeffery Katzenberg, the chief executive of DreamWorks Animation. Ms. Pascal attended the breakfast.
In the emails, Pascal asked Rudin what she should ask the president at “this stupid Jeffery breakfast.” She wondered if she should ask the president if he liked “Django Unchained,” while Mr. Rudin suggested “12 Years a Slave.” Ms. Pascal suggested other films involving African-Americans. Finally, Mr. Rudin wrote: “Ride-along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”
Given that the president is a massive nerd, they would probably be better off asking about movies like “Spider-Man,” a Sony property (for those of you wondering why there’s no Spider-Man/Avengers crossover, that’s why: they’re owned by two different studios). Of course, we all know that African-Americans can only like movies involving African-Americans, right?
Scott Rudin issued a statement following the release of the emails, stating that he apologized “to anybody I’ve offended.”
“I’m profoundly and deeply sorry, and I regret and apologize for any injury they might have caused,” and that he “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.” Rudin added in his apology that “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.”
Pascal released her own statement, saying, “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.”