Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal apologized on Thursday for "insensitive" jokes she made about President Obama in emails that were leaked by hackers who recently attacked the studio's computer network. The emails were exchanged between Pascal and producer Scott Rudin. Ahead of a breakfast event with the president, the pair reportedly joked about the type of movies that Obama might like, mentioning films with African-American themes or stars. "Should I ask him if he liked Django?" Pascal wrote, referring to slave revenge tale "Django Unchained," according to segments posted by Buzzfeed. She later suggests "The Butler" or "Think Like a Man," the report said. In a statement on Thursday, Pascal acknowledged the existence of the emails, but didn't confirm details. "The content of my emails to Scott were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am," Pascal said in a statement. "Although this was a private communication that was stolen, I accept full responsibility for what I wrote and apologize to everyone who was offended."
Rudin also apologized, saying the emails were "written in haste" and "meant to be in jest." "To anybody I've offended, I'm profoundly and deeply sorry, and I regret and apologize for any injury they might have caused," he said in a statement. In one exchange with Pascal, he reportedly called Angelina Jolie a "minimally talented spoiled brat."
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