The latest batch of Sony email hackings have revealed a racist exchange between Sony Pictures chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin as they deciphered President Barack Obama’s movie preferences.
According to BuzzFeed, Pascal asked Rudin what questions she should ask the president at a dinner hosted by DreamWorks Animation head and major Democratic donor Jeffrey Katzenberg. Pascal wonders if she should ask him about Django Unchained, while Rudin suggests she should ask him about 12 Years A Slave.
Obama has publicly expressed his admiration for shows like M*A*S*H*, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the classic film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, yet the employees continue to focus on films with a predominately African-American cast. Rudin also assumes the president’s favorite actor is Kevin Hart.
Rudin, a top film producer responsible for films like No Country for Old Men and Moneyball, responded, “Would he like to finance some movies.” Pascal replied, “I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” Rudin responded: “12 YEARS.” Pascal quickly continued down the path of guessing Obama preferred movies by or starring African Americans. “Or the butler. Or think like a man? [sic]”
Rudin’s response: “Ride-along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”
Pascal happens to be a huge supporter of the Democratic Party. In the past, she’s donated $5,000 to Obama’s re-election campaign and $30,800 to the DNC.
Other emails between Pascal, studio exec Clint Culpepper, and Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton show their dislike over a demand by Kevin Hart. The funnyman requested to be paid generously to tweet about his new film, possibly Think Like A Man Too. The execs are hesitant to pay and even call the comedian a “whore” in the email.
More hackings revealed special passwords, aliases for celebrities, pay salaries for Sony employees, and insults towards other actors like Angelina Jolie, GIRLS star Adam Driver, and Shame actor Michael Fassbender.
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