Sony Executives Apologize for Racist Barack Obama Emails

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The Sony email hacker has struck again!

As part of a series of exchanges between Sony Pictures executives - stolen by hackers and then leaked online - we learned earlier today that producer Scott Rudin thinks Angelina Jolie is a "minimally talented spoiled brat."

But it gets even worse for Rudin.

In a hacked correspondence, Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal asks Rudin what she ought talk to President Barack Obama about at a November 2013 fundraising event.

 “Would he like to finance some movies,” Rudin asks, to which Pascal replies: “I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?"

Because, you know, Barack Obama is black and Django Unchained was about slavery. 

“12 YEARS [A Slave],” Rudin replies, prompting Pascal to respond with:

“Or The Butler. Or Think Like A Man?”

Both movies mentioned, of course, featured primarily African-America casts.

Finally, Rudin concluded this unfortunate/awkward/pretty racist exchange as follows: “Ride-Along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”

In response to this humiliating hacking (seriously, we bet she'd prefer naked photos to have gotten out instead), Pascal has released an apologetic statement. It reads:

"The content of my emails to Scott were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am. Although this was a private communication that was stolen, I accept full responsibility for what I wrote and apologize to everyone who was offended."

And Rudin also chimed in with a mea culpa of his own:

"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."

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