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 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. Sharpton called the conversation “candid” but stopped short of calling for Pascal’s head after she was exposed making racist remarks about President Obama with Hollywood producer Scott Rudin.
“So the jury is still out on where we go with Amy,” Sharpton said. “We clearly are willing to deal with an immediate formula to see where we deal with breaking down the walls of inflexible and so far immovable racial exclusion in Hollywood.”
He was mum on the exact details of the plan to work with Sony but added, “We are not going to be satisfied until we see something concrete done.”
He also denounced the hackers, believed to be North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s henchmen, as bullies and called pulling “The Interview” from theaters in the wake of terror-attack threats a “dangerous precedent of real concern.”
“We are outraged by the bullying that is being done right before Christmas around this hacking,” Sharpton said.
Pascal, who called Sharpton last week to arrange a meeting with him, ?was not spotted leaving the hotel and issued no statement after the meeting.
I read with great displeasure your decision to scrap a movie due to fear of reprisal based on leaked emails. Next, I read of your inviting Al Sharpton to "bless" your production values & products.
In my opinion:
1. Sony can now be used interchangeably with the word coward.
2. The mere fact that you would invite a reported tax cheat and a person who is widely reported as a "race baiter" and hate monger, does a great disservice to your company.
Henceforth, I, my family, and all those who I can influence will cease and desist from spending our hard earned funds on movies made by Sony - by purchase of movie tickets, DVD purchases, and rentals.