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Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin joked about President Barack Obama’s race in a series of emails unearthed in the recent hack on Sony, according to segments released by Buzzfeed.
Pascal reportedly asked Rudin what she should ask Obama at November 2013 fundraising breakfast hosted by DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Read more Gawker Releases Amy Pascal’s Fiery Email Exchange With Producer Scott Rudin
“Would he like to finance some movies,” Rudin wrote. Pascal wrote b, “I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” Rudin responded with “12 YEARS,” to which Pascal responded by naming other films starring African-Americans: “Or the butler. Or think like a man? [sic].”
Gawker published other emails between Pascal and Rudin on Tuesday. The exchange detailed the backstage fight over the studio’s Steve Jobs biopic. Rudin broke his silence on the emails Wednesday.
“This is not about salacious emails being batted around by Gawker and Defamer,” Rudin told The New York Times. “It’s about a criminal act, and the people behind it should be treated as nothing more nor less than criminals.”
Pascal is a loyal Democratic donor and gave $5,000 to Obama’s reelection campaign. Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Sony was hit with a cyberattack Nov. 24, which led to the release of sensitive data about 47,000 current and former employees, as well as financial data and multiple films. The attack has sparked speculation that North Korea was behind the hack. The country’s regime has expressed its displeasure over the studio’s upcoming comedy The Interview, which centers on a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un. The FBI is investigating.
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