Al Sharpton Meets With Amy Pascal: Will Work To Address Hollywood’s “Cultural Blindness”

Embattled Sony chairman Amy Pascal had a “very pointed and blunt exchange” with Reverend Al Sharpton today in New York to discuss her racially insensitive jokes about President Obama that were exposed this month by Sony hackers.

According to Sharpton, Pascal committed to working together on a way to address the “cultural blindness” displayed in her emails with producer Scott Rudin. In the private exchange that was leaked online last week, the two joked that the President’s favorite films are black-themed movies like Django Unchained and 12 Years A Slave.

“Very pointed and blunt exchange w/ Amy Pascal in our 90 min meeting. Hollywood needs to change. Her leaked e mails show a cultural blindness,” Sharpton Tweeted.

“At today’s mtg w/ Sony we agreed to work towards establishing a basis to address the issues, Ms. Pascal committed to this,” he continued.

Pascal and Rudin formally apologized for their offensive Obama comments last week. “The content of my emails to Scott were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am,” Pascal said. “Although this was a private communication that was stolen, I accept full responsibility for what I wrote and apologize to everyone who was offended.”

She broke her silence on the devastating Sony hacking attack in an exclusive Q&A with Deadline, expressing deep disappointment in herself over the leaked emails.

“I’m so disappointed in myself, that I ever would have had such a lapse in my thinking,” she told Deadline. “Of all the things I thought might be said about me, this was the last one, and I feel awful.”

Sony had no comment on today’s meeting.

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