The Sony hack attack is yielding yet more unpleasant revelations this Thursday — and the object is non other than President Barack Obama, one of Hollywood’s favorite people.
This is the latest embarrassing revelation, following the fallout stemming from the hack Sony suffered at the hands of yet unidentified sources. New private emails show how top executives made fun of the President.
Angelina Jolie is not the only high profile celebrity to endure producer Scott Rudin’s wrath, not even Obama could escape the ruthless jabs. In a report from Gawker, Rudin and Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal, are exposed making racist jokes about Obama’s taste in movies.
According to BuzzFeed, when the President paid one of many visits to his pals in Hollywood for a fundraiser last November, Pascal emailed her buddy Rudin for suggestions as to how to strike a conversation with Obama.
“What should I ask the president at this stupid Jeffrey breakfast?” Pascal allegedly asks, talking about a breakfast hosted by DreamWorks Animation head and major Democratic donor, Jeffrey Katzenberg.
In what has become a devastating blow to Sony Pictures, the hacked communications show a salty back and forth between the two top honchos. This is how the exchange allegedly goes, as Rudin and Pascal make light of the President’s movie preferences, all of which star African American actors.
Rudin: “Would he like to finance some movies.”
Pascal: “I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked Django?”
Rudin: “12 Years?”
Rudin: “Ride-along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”
Hart has been previously named in another hacked email, by another executive who labeled him “a whore,” for asking to be paid to tweet about an unnamed Sony movie he was in.
In his attempts to stop the bleeding, the embattled Sony executive has apologized at being caught talking about President Obama in the newly disclosed emails. In a statement to Deadline on Thursday, Rudin explained himself.
“Private emails between friends and colleagues written in haste and without much thought or sensitivity, even when the content of them is meant to be in jest, can result in offense where none was intended.”
“I made a series of remarks that were meant only to be funny, but in the cold light of day, they are in fact thoughtless and insensitive — and not funny at all. To anybody I’ve offended, I’m profoundly and deeply sorry, and I regret and apologize for any injury they might have caused.”
Rudin and Pascal have been the focus of countless email revelations following the Sony hack, which has the legendary studio in complete damage control mode. No official statement from Sony has been issued as authorities try to determine who is responsible for the breach. Now the question is, can they recover from the embarrassing revelations?