- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 18, 2014

Funnyman Chris Rock said Hollywood is in a state of fear over the Sony hacking scandal that has seen private emails come to public light — that “the whole town is scared” and unsure how to proceed.

And personally, he’s particularly worried because his job is to “say offensive things,” he said, the New York Post reported.

“Read my emails — I say offensive things for a living,” Mr. Rock told the newspaper. “This whole thing is just scary. It’s emails, it’s your private stuff. And the whole town is scared. … Nobody knows what to do.”

Mr. Rock then referred to the plight of former L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who faced an NBA ouster and a massive public relations dent for perceived racists remarks he made that were captured on tape.

“You say the wrong thing — you see what happened to [Sterling]. I’m not defending what Sterling said at all, but if that’s not the First Amendment then what the [expletive] is? And what did he say: ‘I don’t want my girlfriend hanging out with black basketball players?’ Me neither,” Mr. Rock said during a question-answer session for his new film, “Top Five,” the New York Post reported.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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