Shonda Rhimes Calls Emails ‘Racist’

Dec 12, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Shonda Rhimes, the veteran TV creator and showrunner behind “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and other successful series, is speaking out about a controversial email exchange between Sony Pictures co-Chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin, which was released in the hack on the company. Variety reports that Rhimes called the exchange “racist.”

Pascal and Rudin wrote in the emails about what types of movies President Barack Obama would like, according to Buzzfeed. Pascal guessed that Obama would prefer movies by or starring black people, writing, “Or the butler. Or think like a man? [sic]” Rudin responded, “Ride-along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”

Rudin and Pascal both later apologized for the comments, calling them “insensitive.”

Rhimes took issue with that characterization, tweeting, “Calling Sony comments ‘racially insensitive remarks’ instead of ‘racist’? U can put a cherry on a pile of sh*t but it don’t make it a sundae.”

Variety reports: “The email exchange became public as part of a massive hack attack that has also exposed confidential studio documents, film budgets and executive salaries. A group calling itself Guardians of Peace has taken credit for the security breach, and there is some evidence that hackers may have been working in conjunction with North Korea. The Asian country is angry about the release of ‘The Interview,’ an upcoming Sony film about an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un.”

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  1. White people, even Hollywood liberals. sometimes talk racist when they think no one is listening. I suspect black folks can get pretty racist about white people, too, when they’re not being interviewed.

  2. That is totally inexcusable. It is time for this type of nonsense to be eliminated. Amy and Scott both know better and should eliminate that type of talk, even in emails.

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