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Oprah Winfrey: Don’t Judge Sony Execs Too Harshly Based on Racist Emails

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Oprah Winfrey has been making a flurry of media appearances to promote her new movie “Selma”, whichoprah-winfrey-speaks is based on a crucial period in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.

During a recent interview, the media mogul discussed the protests surrounding the deαths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and said people were “waking up”.

When Winfrey ran into CNN’s Don Lemon, she discussed the hacked emails from Sony execs, some of which have been deemed racist.
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“I would hope that we would not stand in judgement, in such harsh judgement, of a moment in time where somebody was hacked and their private conservations were put before the world,” Winfrey explained.  “There are things that you say in your private conversations, with your friends, with your colleagues, that you would not want to be broadcast on CNN.”

In the hacked emails, Sony executive Amy Pascal had a conversation with Scott Rudin that some have regarded as racist. While discussing President Obama, the two joked as to whether Obama would like black movies.

“Would he like to finance some movies?” Rudin wrote, asking about the president’s movie tastes. Pascal answered, “I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” Rudin shot back with “12 YEARS,” and Pascal responded with a list of movies: “Or the butler. Or think like a man? [sic].” Rudin suggested that the president might especially like comedian Kevin Hart.

Pascal has also said that she shouldn’t be judged harshly based on a few emails.

“I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. You’re being judged on things that you said in a 10-second frame that were stupid. And that’s not my whole career and everything I’ve done. I’m concerned about that, but I’m also concerned about employees here who are being violated, and they’re scared. They didn’t do anything to deserve this. It’s very unfair.”

Pascal confirmed that she’s reached out to Rev. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to take responsibility.