Let’s just have death and destruction descend on that company. There is nothing left to save; it’s time for the creative destruction of, if not the free market, then a communist dictatorship, to take over.
Sony Pictures is dead. The North Koreans who hacked that company in retaliation for the then-forthcoming movie The Interview badly wounded the company, but the fatal wound is self-inflicted.
Coming to a theater near you: Al Sharpton.
Hollywood came to the Rev. Al Thursday as embattled Sony exec Amy Pascal met privately with the black leader for 90 minutes in a bid to fix the fallout from the cyberhacking leak of embarrassing, racially charged emails.
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.”
Sony decided they had to kowtow to Sharpton because on some of the hacked internal e-mails released to the world the company’s chief executive Amy Pascal was jokingly engaged in a back-and-forth with movie producer Scott Rudin about what movies Barack Obama might like – and guess what? What the two said was RACIST.
Specifically, that the two surmised some of Obama’s favorite movies would include Django Unchained, 12 Years A Slave and The Butler. Which is, of course, RACIST.
What’s racist about it? The suggestion that a black American guy would like movies in which the main characters were black American guys living out black American experiences, of course. If Pascal and Rudin were talking about Andrew Cuomo, and mentioned the Godfather movies and Prizzi’s Honor, would that be racist?
Sony’s response to this mini-kerfuffle should have been to day “So what?” and instead of pulling the release of The Interview and running to Sharpton and Morial for absolution, they should have invested as much as possible in getting a maximum number of viewers worldwide for it – and Pascal should make it her mission in life in whatever time she has left running Sony Pictures to score PR points against the Norks.
They’re going to ruin her reputation and in all likelihood destroy her career anyway, so the smart play is to do everything she can to go down swinging.
That’s the American way. That’s what all of us expect in our leaders, political and otherwise. To cower in a corner and invite a fresh group of criminals to feed off a corpse created by a first group of criminals is a loathsome surrender.
So now, it’s time for the market to finish Sony Pictures off and send a message to the rest of Hollywood that this is what not to do. If the Norks want to do that first, fine. Retribution to them can come when there is an American president willing to defend the country and its people (we don’t have that now).