Last month, Sony Pictures Entertainment was, in a massive cyber-terrorist act, allegedly hacked by a North Korean group. Gradually, the thousands of gigabytes of data that was stolen has been made public, and its seriously tarnishing Sony’s reputation. The latest reveals a downright racist exchange between Sony execs and a Hollywood producer about none other President Obama.
The internet can’t get over the fact that somebody called Angelina Jolie a “spoilt brat,” or whether some powerful people in showbusiness think that Charlize Theron is more talented than Scarlet Johansson. Or even, more importantly, that Sony was kind of stupid about where it decided to store its passwords. But this recent revelation reveals something that reflects on a very sensitive, very serious issue: racism.
An an email exchange between Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin (the former of which happens to be the single female in the Sony group who earns more than $1 million) was included in the leaked information.
According to sources, Pascal exchanged emails with Rudin asking for advice on what kind of small talk to engage with the president at a fundraiser, which she described to be “a stupid Jeffery breakfast.”
The following exchange happened:
“Would he like to finance some movies,” suggested Rudin.
“I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” said Pascal,
Rudin replied: “12 YEARS.”
“Or the butler. Or think like a man?” responded Pascal.
“Ride-along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart,” said Rudin.
Apart from telling us that these higher up execs have potty mouths and some serious mood swings happening - the references used harbor on racist references to slavery, the Civil War era and a colored actor who was also allegedly called a “whore” during another email exchange.
While it does not excuse such bigotry, such information is sensitive simply because it was meant to remain private. Sony, so far, chooses to remain silent.
Who knows if it’s because it’s trying to figure out how the heck to respond to an attack of such magnitude, or if it’s simply trying to buy time before something even more drastic happens.