Al Sharpton says Meeting with Sony Co-Chairman, Amy Pascal, Was ‘Blunt and Pointed’

Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Amy Pascal attends "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images North America)
Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Amy Pascal attends “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images North America)

Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal met with the Rev. Al Sharpton on Thursday to discuss the racial remarks she made in emails released by the hackers behind the cyberattack on the studio. The meeting was a “blunt and pointed exchange,” Sharpton tweeted afterward, adding “Hollywood needs to change.”

“The jury is still out with where we go with Amy,” Sharpton said at a New York news conference, as quoted by ABC News, after his meeting with Pascal. But he said that Pascal had promised to work with his own group, the National Action Network as well as the NAACP, the National Urban League and the Black Women’s Roundtable to improve racial diversity in the entertainment industry.

Pascal reached out to Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Dec. 11 to request the meeting after the leaked email exchange between her and producer Scott Rudin became public. In the emails, Pascal discussed how she should handle a meeting with President Obama at a JeffreyKatzenberg-hosted fundraiser in November 2013. In the back-and-forth exchange, Pascal and Rudin suggested the president would like movies featuring black casts and especially black comedian Kevin Hart.

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter
Diana Swartz

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