Al Sharpton Says His Meeting With Amy Pascal Was "Blunt and Pointed"
"The jury is still out with where we go with Amy," Sharpton said afterward
Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal met with the Rev. Al Sharpton on Thursday to discuss the racial remarks she made in emails released by the hackers behind the cyberattack on the studio. The meeting was a "blunt and pointed exchange," Sharpton tweeted afterward, adding "Hollywood needs to change."
"The jury is still out with where we go with Amy," Sharpton said at a New York news conference, as quoted by ABC News, after his meeting with Pascal. But he said that Pascal had promised to work with his own group, the National Action Network as well as the NAACP, the National Urban League and the Black Women's Roundtable to improve racial diversity in the entertainment industry.
Pascal reached out to Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Dec. 11 to request the meeting after the leaked email exchange between her and producer Scott Rudin became public. In the emails, Pascal discussed how she should handle a meeting with President Obama at a Jeffrey Katzenberg-hosted fundraiser in November 2013. In the back-and-forth exchange, Pascal and Rudin suggested the president would like movies featuring black casts and especially black comedian Kevin Hart.
Sharpton referenced Pascal's call to him at Thursday's press conference. "I said to her at that time that the climate and environment of Hollywood only confirms the type of language that was used in those emails," Sharpton said.
"Being that Hollywood is an environment that still resembles 1950s America, it is a context that confirms the language," he said.
The hacker group calling itself Guardians of Peace starting releasing Sony's internal emails on Nov. 24, and more sensitive information continues to be uncovered.
Very pointed and blunt exchange w/ Amy Pascal in our 90 min meeting. Hollywood needs to change. Her leaked e mails show a cultural blindness— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) December 18, 2014
At today's mtg w/ Sony we agreed to work towards establishing a basis to address the issues, Ms. Pascal committed to this.— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) December 18, 2014