Sony Pictures executives Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal revealed what many people already know— that liberal Hollywood is one of the most racist industries there is.The two exchanged a series of racist emails about their attendance to a fundraiser for President Barack Obama hosted by DreamWorks Animation head and big Democrat donor Jeffrey Katzenberg.
They joked Obama, being the first black president, only likes black movies like “D’Jango,” “12 Years a Slave” or “The Butler. Another Sony executive in a separate email, referred to the black actor Kevin Hart as “a whore.”
Hollywood preaches lots of tolerance and diversity, as the heavy donor arm to the Democrat Party, but doesn’t practice it. This is the same largely white and liberal-dominated industry that (now) ironically helped raise huge money to elect and re elect America’s first black president
Of Sony Pictures’ 6,000 employees, only 17 earn over $1million and of those, Amy Pascal, the co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment is the only woman earning over $1 million a year salary. Sony Pictures should be a case study for Democrats oft-repeated meme of the war on women.
In many ways Hollywood is still stuck in the days of segregation, pre-1964 Civil Rights Act, because the only way black actors get leading roles — or any role generally — is in movies about criminals, slaves, civil rights, etc. Note the list of movies in which black actors have won the rare Oscar compared to their white peers: “12 Years A Slave,” “The Help,” “Training Day,” “The Butler,” “Gone with the Wind,” “Dream Girls,” “Precious,” “Glory,” and “Monster’s Ball.” It’s also a sad day that 2014 is the first year a black woman, Ava DuVernay, received a 2015 Golden Globe nomination for best director of the film “Selma.”
Chris Rock mentioned Hollywood’s endemic racism in the sweeping New Yorker article about him. In the Hollywood Reporter op-ed Rock penned, he wrote:
“And there are almost no black women in film. You can go to whole movies and not see one black woman. They’ll throw a black guy a bone. OK, here’s a black guy. But is there a single black woman in Interstellar? Or Gone Girl? Birdman? The Purge? Neighbors?”
Rudin issued a half-baked apology, noting he “was only trying to be funny.” Since when is racism funny, especially when directed at the President of the United States?
My question is why didn’t Obama hold a press conference or issue a statement condemning these emails and what appears to be Hollywood’s “deep history of racism,” as he did on BET in the wake of Eric Garner’s and Michael Brown’s deaths?
Could it be Obama didn’t want to bite the hands that feed him?
In fact, Obama said just the opposite. In remarks to DreamWorks employees on the afternoon of November 26, 2013, following the breakfast fundraiser that Pascal and Rudin joked about in their notorious email exchange, Obama praised Hollywood for being a crusader of change, for telling stories that “transmit values and ideals about tolerance and diversity and overcoming adversity.”
Funny, Pascal and Rudin’s comments about Obama didn’t sound tolerant. Obama may want to remind the Sony Pictures executives his favorite movie actually was “Boyhood” and not one of the black films they mentioned. But we know Obama doesn’t have the audacity to do that.