The Sony Pictures hacking story is proving to be a source of embarrassment for the company. Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin had joked about President Obama in a series of emails, according to segments released by Buzzfeed.
Reportedly, Pascal asked Rudin what she should ask Obama at a November 2013 fundraising breakfast hosted by DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg.
“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?”
Rudin: “12 YEARS.”
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.”
Other emails from Rudin were published between Pascal and Rudin on Tuesday by Gawker. The exchange detailed the backstage fight over the studio’s Steve Jobs biopic. Rudin allegedly called Angelina Jolie a “minimally talented spoiled brat.”
On Wednesday, Rudin broke his silence about the situation.
“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.”
On November 24, Sony was hit with a cyberattack which led to the release of sensitive data about 47,000 current and former employees, 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.