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The group is upset over leaked emails in which Pascal and producer Scott Rudin joked about President Barack Obama‘s taste in movies, implying that he would favor films centering on African Americans.
“Pascal’s comments are confirmation of the manipulative, exploitative relationship corporations like Sony have with Black folks” the petition reads. “Our genius, our cultural products, and our $1.1 trillion in buying power are not given the respect they deserve, regardless of the massive sums of money they result in for people like Amy Pascal.”
The letter also takes issue with a leaked email from Clint Culpepper, president of Sony-owned Screen Gems, who called Kevin Hart as a “whore” for wanting additional compensation for tweeting support of his own movie.
“We must hold Pascal accountable here; not just for her horrendous comments, but also for her role at the helm of a corporate agenda that views Black America as one big, lucrative joke,” reads the ColorOfChange letter.
Pascal publicly apologized for the emails on Dec. 17, as did Rudin.
“The content of my emails to Scott were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am,” Pascal said in her apology. “Although this was a private communication that was stolen, I accept full responsibility for what I wrote and apologize to everyone who was offended.”
Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the petition. Here’s the letter ColorOfChange will send to Sony on behalf of those who sign.
Dear Sony Pictures Entertainment,
Amy Pascal’s recently-unearthed, racially-charged email exchanges are completely unacceptable.
Her comments — which included speculation about President Obama’s taste in films (“Django,” “12 years,” “Or the butler. Or think like a man?,” “Ride Along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”) as well as the assertion that TV deals are “the new Black baby” in Hollywood — seem to confirm a manipulative, exploitative relationship corporations like Sony have with Black folks.
With so many incredible Black entertainers contributing their time and talents to Sony pictures — and Black audiences giving millions of their hard-earned money to your films as well — Pascal’s behavior is a truly intolerable slap in the face.
We demand Amy Pascal be fired from Sony Pictures Entertainment immediately.
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