If you’ve been keeping up with the latest, then you know that Sony was compromised by hackers because of their attempt to release a movie called The Interview about a plot to kill North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un. Kim Jong-Un has North Korea on lock as you may know, and now he seems to be running things over here in America too. Jong-Un expressed that he had nothing to do with the Sony hack but, come on Kim.
Leaked emails between Sony Executives have already revealed malicious or racially insensitive remarks towards President Obama, Kevin Hart, and Angelina Jolie. Now, in a new email, Denzel Washington is the latest victim. Denzel Washington has won two Oscars over the course of his acting career but a producer sent an email to Sony Chairman Michael Lynton warning him that he should avoid casting black actors in movies that will get play time overseas because “they” don’t appeal to a “racist” international market.
It’s important to note that they said this right after they released The Equalizer featuring Denzel. Mind you, The Equalizer turned out to be a smash hit with almost $200 million grossed worldwide and almost half of the sales came from overseas. Apparently, despite all of the movie success, international sales were down by 18 percent (compared to what they are used to) and the producer felt that it was because Denzel was black.
We are at a loss for words. I guess we can say that it was something we suspected was happening behind the scenes but never had concrete proof of, until now. For all of the Americans that believe that racism and prejudice is over, it’s not. It’s simply masked with a pretty bow, we call it covert racism.
It’s a shame that a huge producer (whose name has not been revealed) would be warning Sony not to cast an Oscar winning Black Actor in a major film. I mean, name a Black Actor that is bigger than Denzel? Should all Black Actors limit their dreams to domestic success?
Lets not forget that Kevin Hart was laughed at for monetizing his social media promotions, as if he wasn’t worth it. We all know that Kim Kardashian and the rest of the Hollywood Socialites are known for monetizing their social media and get paid per tweet/post. Why should it be any different for a successful actor, executive producer, and comedian. Oh, yea…because he’s black?
Perhaps the worst of them all was the attack on President Obama. Sony Execs said that he would only enjoy “black movies” starring people like Kevin Hart.
The Interview release has already been canceled for Christmas, but will the leaked emails continue to come to light?
Here’s a bigger question: What will Denzel Washington and the rest of the Black Actors do now?