Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton on Thursday did not call for Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Amy Pascal to step down over racially insensitive emails, despite expectations that he might seek her resignation.
The private emails, leaked through a massive hacking attack on Sony Corp, included joking remarks related to U.S. President Barack Obama and his taste in movies.
Pascal, who has publicly apologized, met with Sharpton Thursday to discuss the emails and perceived racial bias in the film industry. Sharpton's spokeswoman earlier this week had said he was weighing whether to call for Pascal's resignation.
"The jury is still out on where we go with Amy," Sharpton told reporters after the meeting in New York. "We're not going to be satisfied until we see something concrete done."
Pascal did not speak publicly after the meeting.
Sharpton said Pascal agreed to set up a working group to deal with racial bias and lack of diversity in the film industry.
The emails were made public by a hacking group that attacked Sony in retaliation for plans to release "The Interview," a comedy film that depicts the assassination of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.
Sony on Wednesday decided not to release the film after several movie chains said they would not show it because of emailed threats of violence aimed at theaters. U.S. government sources said on Wednesday that U.S. investigators had determined that the attack was "state sponsored" and that North Korea was the government involved.
A criminal hack exposed a racist email exchange between Sony co-Chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin, and now humiliation tour has begun. Thursday Pascal met with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton. If she was looking for absolution, she didn’t get it. After the 90 minute meeting in Manhattan, Sharpton went before the media and announced that “the jury is still out on where we go.”
The Los Angeles Times suggests there is a silver lining, “Sharpton did not call for Pascal to step down,” but that’s not how Sharpton operates. Now that he has his hooks in a major movie studio, he can abuse that power. The New York Post explains how:
Pascal agreed to let Sharpton have a say in how Sony makes motion pictures, in an effort to combat what he called “inflexible and immovable racial exclusion in Hollywood.”
“We have agreed to having a working group deal with the racial bias and lack of diversity in Hollywood,” said Sharpton.
He said Sony would work closely with his National Action Network, the National Urban League, the NAACP and the Black Women’s Round Table to “see if we can come up with an immediate plan to deal with it.”
The meeting, held behind closed doors at the Greenwich Hotel, also included National Urban League president Marc Morial.
“Our interest is seeing to it that Sony is on the right side of changing Hollywood,” Morial said.
Color of Change, a left-wing civil rights organization has called for Pascal to be fired.
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3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!
4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.
5 Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.
11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.