Let’s face it, this guy would be finished if he wasn’t a fatcat Democrat donor.
The comments were made in a series of leaked email exchanges between Rudin and Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal, who also apologized Thursday. It was yet another embarrassment in the ongoing Sony hacking scandal, in which highly sensitive material is being leaked almost daily.
“Private emails between friends and colleagues written in haste and without much thought or sensitivity, even when the content of them is meant to be in jest, can result in offense where none was intended,” Rudin said in a statement to industry site Deadline after the Obama remarks surfaced.
If a conservative Hollywood type tried that weaksauce excuse they’d be mercilessly ridicule and hounded into a tearful on-camera apology. This will be a non-story by the next news cycle.
“I made a series of remarks that were meant only to be funny, but in the cold light of day, they are in fact thoughtless and insensitive — and not funny at all. To anybody I’ve offended, I’m profoundly and deeply sorry, and I regret and apologize for any injury they might have caused.”
In a statement released soon after by Sony, Pascal called her comments “insensitive and inappropriate” and “not an accurate reflection of who I am.” She said that although the emails were “stolen,” she accepts “full responsibility for what I wrote and apologize to everyone who was offended.”
In a tweet later Thursday, “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes said the comments were “racist,” not merely “racially insensitive.”
Meanwhile, Obama spokesman Al Sharpton is looking for a payday:
Oh well, Rudin and Pascal will just have to donate more money to the Democrats as penance.
CNN’s Michaela Pereira said both Democratic donors may need to reach out to the White House to account for the awkward exchanges.
“Might need to spend a little more money now and make a phone call to the White House,” Pereira said.