More leaked Sony emails are being unearthed from the pile of data hackers dumped online, and one thread shows executives making racist jokes about movies President Barack Obama might like, BuzzFeed reports.
Producer Scott Rudin has issued a public apology for the racially insensitive comments that surfaced last night in an exchange of hacked private e-mails between him and Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Amy Pascal. Joking references they made to black-themed films that President Barack Obama might like were not meant for public consumption, but they are hard to defend in the harsh light of a public forum, without context. Rudin made the point in this morning’s New York Times about this hacking breach was a criminal act, when he was asked about other hacked e-mails between the producer and Pascal referencing the movie on Apple’s Steve Jobs.
Before Sony Pictures co-chairwoman Amy Pascal attended a breakfast organized by DreamWorks Animation head and Democratic donor Jeffrey Katzenberg, she sent an email to movie producer Scott Rudin and wondered what she should ask Obama at the event, said Business Insider.
Pascal said: “Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” to which Rudin replied: “12 YEARS,” likely in reference to the movie “12 Years A Slave.” Pascal then said: “Or the butler. Or think like a man? [sic]” referring to other movies featuring black men.
Rudin then speculated that Obama liked Kevin Hart, the black comedian.
BuzzFeed notes that Pascal is a major Democratic donor who supported Obama’s re-election campaign.
Here, Rudin said he simply wanted to apologize, reports Deadline.com.
“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 Deadline. “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.”
Several embarrassing revelations have come from the Sony emails — how Sony lost a big Steve Jobs biopic to Universal, Rudin’s calling actress Angelina Jolie a “spoiled brat,” and “Community” star Joel McHale asking for a discounted Sony TV after the show got canceled.
Sony Hacked by North Korea?
On Monday the group behind the attack sent an online message demanding that Sony’s movie “The Interview” be pulled from its planned theatrical release, and by the end of the day the email boxes of studio co-chairman Amy Pascal and Sony Television chief Steve Mosko were leaked. FBI officials said they would be visiting the Sony lot to brief employees on Wednesday and documents revealed that top Sony execs were sent warning emails prior to the shutdown. Twenty-four hours earlier, North Korea spoke out on the hacking for the first time, and investigators traced uploads of data stolen in the attack to a Thailand hotel.
North Korea denies any cyber attacks against Sony.