Shonda Rhimes responded to the leaked email exchange between Sony executive Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin by calling it “racist”.
The Scandal showrunner took to her Twitter account to dismiss the notion that the offensive email was “racially insensitive”, which safely undermines the gravity of the overall message.
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.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) December 11, 2014
Both Pascal and Rudin have since issued apologies but the real question is how this latest scandal will affect the future trajectory of Black Hollywood . The crux of the matter lies in the fact that powerful studio execs consistently refuse to diversify their portfolio because of their seemingly narrow-mindedness which has been adequately proven through the blistering email exchange mocking Black films, it’s stars and even the President.
Reverend Al Sharpton also chimed in about the leaked emails:
“These emails nominate Amy Pascal to be considered by some of us in the same light that we concluded and moved on the ownership of Donald Sterling of the L.A. Clippers,” said Sharpton.
He said the comments should inspire an industrywide discussion: “The statements clearly show how comfortable major studio powers are with racial language and marginalization. Her apology is not enough; there must be moves by her studio and others to respect the African American community and reflect that respect in their hiring and business practices.”
Again, Chris Rock’s eye-opening essay for The Hollywood Reporter remains a valid summary of the whitewashing of an industry that is steadfast in its stringent convictions