Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal and movie producer Scott Rudin mocked President Obama’s race in emails released in the Sony Pictures hack.
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Before Pascal attended a fundraising breakfast hosted by DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg with Obama in November 2013, she emailed Rudin for ideas about what she should ask the commander-in-chief, Buzzfeed reported.
“What should I ask the president at this stupid Jeffrey breakfast?” she emailed.
Rudin responded: “Would he like to finance some movies.”
Pascal: “I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?”
The 2012 Quentin Tarantino movie “Django Unchained” was about slavery in the antebellum South.
Rudin: “12 YEARS.”
The 2013 Academy Award winner “12 Years a Slave” depicted the abuse suffered by a free black man forced into slavery.
Pascal guessed Obama had a preference for movies by or starring African-Americans. “Or the butler. Or think like a man? [sic]”
Rudin: “Ride-along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”
Emails were also leaked regarding Kevin Hart, calling the funnyman a money whore.
Clint Culpepper, a studio exec, sent several emails to studio heads, complaining that Kevin made $3 million and then $4 million for his last 2 Sony flicks, yet when he was asked to tweet out a plug for “Think Like a Man Too,” his agent balked because he felt Kevin’s expertise in social media was worth additional money.
Culpepper suggests they put the screws to Kevin, writing, “I’m tempted to suggest we call his bluff. If he doesn’t do his normal routine, his film will not open as well and his brand will appear diminished and he will — in fact — be f***ing himself because we have his next 2 immediate films.”
What do you think? Were the emails about Obama racist? Is Kevin Hart a money whore? Or is he instead demanding his due?