The civil rights group ColorOfChange has started a petition urging Sony Pictures to fire co-chairman Amy Pascal.
In question are several emails that were hacked and leaked to the public, showing Pascal and Scott Rudin, a producer, joking about what “black” movies they should talk about with President Obama.
“Pascal’s comments are confirmation of the manipulative, exploitative relationship corporations like Sony have with Black folks” the petition reads. “Our genius, our cultural products, and our $1.1 trillion in buying power are not given the respect they deserve, regardless of the massive sums of money they result in for people like Amy Pascal.”
“We must hold Pascal accountable here; not just for her horrendous comments, but also for her role at the helm of a corporate agenda that views Black America as one big, lucrative joke,” reads the ColorOfChange letter.
Pascal has apologized for the comments in her leaked email:
“The content of my emails to Scott were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am,” Pascal said in her apology. “Although this was a private communication that was stolen, I accept full responsibility for what I wrote and apologize to everyone who was offended.”
Here is a copy of the petition:
Dear Sony Pictures Entertainment,
Amy Pascal’s recently-unearthed, racially-charged email exchanges are completely unacceptable.
Her comments — which included speculation about President Obama’s taste in films (“Django,” “12 years,” “Or the butler. Or think like a man?,” “Ride Along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”) as well as the assertion that TV deals are “the new Black baby” in Hollywood — seem to confirm a manipulative, exploitative relationship corporations like Sony have with Black folks.
With so many incredible Black entertainers contributing their time and talents to Sony pictures — and Black audiences giving millions of their hard-earned money to your films as well — Pascal’s behavior is a truly intolerable slap in the face.
We demand Amy Pascal be fired from Sony Pictures Entertainment immediately.