ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

It's time for Denzel Washington, will Smith or Jamie Foxx - preferably all three - to stand up for Sony Entertainment head Amy Pascal.

Because if I hear or read one more word about the "racial e-mails" that were revealed in the cyberattack on Sony, I'm going to jump right out of my skin.

First, a refresher on the "shocking" e-mail exchange, that occurred after Pascal sounded like she didn't want to go to a breakfast with President Obama:

RUDIN: “Would he like to finance some movies.”
PASCAL: “I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?”
PASCAL: “Or the butler. Or think like a man? [sic]”
RUDIN: “Ride-along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”

That's it. THAT is what to some is an offense worthy of Pascal losing her job?

Some are saying the e-mails are like if Pascal and Rudin were talking about black people eating fried chicken and watermelon.

How absurd.

Tell you what, I lived in Philadelphia for seven years and I'd like to propose a little experiment.

Ask a black person in Philly if they've seen "Django Unchained" or "Ride Along" and they'll likely either tell you that they thought they were cool, that they didn't like them or they didn't see them - but might want to.

Ask a black person in Philly if they had fried chicken and watermelon for dinner on the other hand and I guarantee the rest of the conversation won't be pleasant - if they don't speak with their fists first.

Naturally, Al Sharpton could not resist the opportunity to fan racial flames by jumping on Pascal's hacked e-mails and comparing hero disgraced (now Former) Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

In fact, this has me so angry I will respond to the most ridiculous statements and accusations by responding to Sharpton, since he, as usual, touches all the bases in regard to demagoguery

The statements in the leaked emails by Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal to producer Scott Rudin are offensive, insulting and should be denounced in the harshest terms.

Oh, please give me a break. Look at my example above. There are serious issues going on right now. Someone thinking President Obama might have seen "12 Years a Slave" isn't one of them.

What is most troubling about these statements is that they reflect a continued lack of diversity in positions of power in major Hollywood studios.

Right. Amy Pacal, a liberal woman, reflects a lack of diversity. This would be hilarious if it weren't so sad.

The statements clearly show how comfortable major studio powers are with racial language and marginalization.

Marginalization? This is really disgusting, that no one will defend Pascal on this. She has green lit three "Men In Black movies , starring Will Smith - and would likely do a fourth if Smith was interested. She has reportedly had close relationships with Smith, Kevin Hart,Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx and countless others in a multitude of films.

Her apology is not enough

Of course not. Did anyone really expect it to be for the likes of Sharpton?

there must be moves by her studio and others to respect the African American community and reflect that respect in their hiring and business practices.

Oh, please. If anything, Pascal has been too politically correct in her hiring practices.

Just in 2014 alone...

she cast Jamie Foxx as Electro, who had always beforehand been Caucasian, in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2", the latest installment in what Pascal considers Sony's "crown jewel" franchise...and....

..she also cast Denzel Washington as the lead in the reboot/remake of "The Equalizer", who had always beforehand been Caucasian. The success of this film had Pascal ready to green light the first sequel of Denzel Washington's long career, and....

was "progressive" enough to not only take the potentially risky step of casting Jamie Foxx as Will Stacks - a character based on Daddy Warbucks - and Quvenzhané Wallis as the titular character in "Annie", two major roles that had always been Caucasian.

In addition to that, Producers on the film include Will Smith,Jada Pinkett Smith,
Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Caleeb Pinkett.

Are these the actions of a close-minded, racist person?

She should meet with Black leaders immediately to deal with the gravity of her statements as well as the inequality of how they do business. I have asked Rev. KW Tulloss of National Action Network’s Los Angeles Chapter to convene an emergency meeting to weigh further actions in this area.

Here we go to the heart of the matter. The Al Sharpton shakedown, where he wants more money and power - for himself and his National Action Network' organization.

These emails nominate Amy Pascal to be considered by some of us in the same light that we concluded and moved on the ownership of Donald Sterling of the L.A. Clippers.

Screw you Reverend Al. No seriously, screw you.

Seriously, to compare a liberal Obama donor like Pascal to Sterling, who was a known racist for years and whose comments stated he did not want black people at his games is beyond offensive.

Did Amy Pascal ever state she did not want to work around black people? Or hire them? Or associate with them? No. She had one ridiculously overblown comment.

There may be many valid reasons for Pascal to lose her job at Sony. But pressure from Al Sharpton should not be one of them. When it comes to being open-minded and giving opportunity to as many people as possible, she has walked the walk.

All Sharpton does is talk at his best and incite riots at his worst.

He is the last person to be trying to demonize someone like Amy Pascal.

When she called Sharpton, she said she admitted she "screwed up".

Which is classy on her part. But she needs to understand she is really screwing up by calling him.

She does not understand that Al Sharpton is not interested in helping, but pressuring her and shaking Sony down.

Amy Pascal was the victim of a crime and does not need to and should not be offering apologies to Al Sharpton.

Amy Pascal has never been guilty of slander, perpetrated a rape hoax or incited a riots by talking about "Jewish diamond merchants" and "white interlopers"

Al Sharpton has done all these things.

Amy Pascal should tell Al Sharpton to go to hell.


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