You can’t make this stuff up. First North Korea apparently hacks Sony’s emails to punish it for producing a Seth Rogen comedy,—which, by the way, would justify a national response if the current leadership didn’t object to necessary retaliation on principle: this is a foreign attack on American soil, just not a fatal one—-then the revealed e-mails showing enthusiastic Obama supporters Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures co-chair, and movie producer Scott Rudin making racist jokes worthy of the readers of Chimpmania.
Of course, Buzzfeed shouldn’t have published hacked e-mails—private is private— but it couldn’t resist. Let’s see: Buzzfeed, Pascal, Rudin, North Korea…let’s throw in our government being unwilling to stand up against vile foreign governments cyber-attacking citizens and businesses: yes, I’d say this qualifies as an Ethics Train Wreck.
Here was the email exchange between Pascal and “The Social Network” producer Scott Rudin, when Pascal sought his advice on what she should say to the President at an upcoming Hollywood fundraiser:
Rudin: Would he like to finance some movies [?]
Pascal: I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” [ The violent Tarentino “Escaped-slave-kills-white-guys” Western mash-up revenge epic ]
Rudin: 12 YEARS [A Slave]”
Pascal: “Or the butler [“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”]. Or think like a man?” [ Steve Harvey comedy “Think Like A Man”]
Rudin: Ride-along. [“Ride Along,” a failed cop buddy movie-action flick starring a mostly black cast] I bet he likes Kevin Hart.
Let me focus for the nonce, however, on the absurd and self-indicting apology by uber-hypocrite Amy Pascal, who said:
“The content of my emails were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am, although this was a private communication that was stolen, I accept full responsibility for what I wrote and apologize to everyone who was offended.”
This is what I will henceforth call “the Full Pazuzu,” honoring the demon that made poor Linda Blair’s head spin around in “The Exorcist.” If that wasn’t you, Amy, that wrote those things that racially denigrated the President, who was it? The maxim is that the real test of out character is what we do and say when nobody (but Scott Rudin, I guess) is watching.
“I don’t know Barack Obama. I worked really hard for him in both of his campaigns. I am inspired by him. I…I’m embarrassed, deeply.”
Inspired by him, and certain to join her fellow progressives in accusing his critics of being motivated by racism while she privately makes “Django” jokes.
As I wrote at the beginning of the Donald Sterling episode:
“Vile biases are our personal burdens; if we can’t banish or eliminate them, we are ethically obligated to make certain that they stay in our skulls, safe and harmless, because even the revelation that they exist causes harm to others. In law, keeping a dangerous animal on your property creates strict liability: if it gets loose, no matter how, you are liable for the harm it causes to others. Racist thoughts are like that too.”
Now let’s wait and see proof that no double standard exists, and that Hollywood moguls—female, progressive— caught making remarks like this are rejected as completely as an elderly, rich, white, male NBA team owner, who was forced by his industry to resign in disgrace. He was taped and betrayed, she was hacked: it’s a fair comparison.
How much time do you have?