Sunday, April 14, 2024

Obama Didn’t Like Race Joke Emails, Even Though Sony Execs Were Big Dem Donors– Calls Out James “Flacco”


President Obama essentially sold out Sony this afternoon at a press conference. Instead of backing Sony execs Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton for pulling “The Interview,” he basically kicked them to the curb. Ouch.

Obama was obviously not happy with the race joke emails that came out in the hack, particularly the one between Pascal and producer Scott Rudin about which movies he liked. The two joked that Obama probably went for “Django Unchained,” “The Butler” and other black themed movies.

Obama’s public repudiation came at a price. Pascal has been a heavy Democratic donor. In 2008, she gave the Democratic National Committee $26,200. In 2011, she gave them $35,800. She also donated $5,000 to Obama. Michael Lynton donated $20,000 to the DSCC last May. He’s given $50,800 since 2011 to the DNC.

All that money didn’t matter. In one fell swoop (as they used to say) Obama told the execs what he thought of their private email exchanges. He may have also gotten a little zetz in for Denzel Washington, who was treated shabbily as well.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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