- The Washington Times - Friday, December 12, 2014

“Selma” director Ava DuVernay weighed in on Thursday regarding the Sony email hacking that revealed a racial conversation between producer Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal.

“I have two words: sickening and sad,” DuVernay told Variety at the premiere of “Selma” in the nation’s capitol. “That’s really all I have to say.”

The emails came out on the same day that Ms. DuVernay became the first black woman to receive a Golden Globe nomination for best director, the magazine said. The emails highlight Ms. Pascal and Mr. Rudin taking shots at President Obama prior to a political event hosted by DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” wrote Ms. Pascal, Buzzfeed reported Dec. 10. “12 YEARS [a Slave],” the producer responded. The two then commented that Mr. Obama probably had an affinity for Kevin Hart movies.

Mr. Rudin and Ms. Pascal have both issued statements of apology since news of their conversation was made public.

“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,” Mr. Rudin told Deadline on Thursday.

Ms. Pascal told Variety that the content of her emails were, “insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am.”


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