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Producer Suggests Sony Not Make More Denzel Washington Films Because The World Is Racist, According to Hacked Email

More hacked emails from Sony Pictures executives reveal an executive suggesting the company not use Black actors like Denzel Washington because the movies won’t appeal to foreign markets—while backhandedly complimenting him as “the best actor of his generation.”

These emails obtained by Radar Online are only the most recent in a string of correspondences posted by hacker group, Guardians of Peace, in protest of Sony’s newest movie The Interview. The emails were reportedly sent out just after the release of Washington’s most recent film The Equalizer. Written to Sony chairman Michael Lynton, the unidentified producer suggests that Sony should avoid casting Black actors in order to attract the international market, which the producer deemed to be racist.

He or she prefaced the email by saying that they hoped it wouldn’t be seen as “inappropriate or provocative.”

“No, I am not saying The Equalizer should not have been made or that African American actors should not have been used (I personally think Denzel is the best actor of his generation),” the producer wrote.

“Casting him is saying we’re ok with a double if the picture works,” the producer goes on, using baseball jargon. “He’s reliable at the domestic [box office], safe, but has not had a huge success in years. I believe whenever possible the non event pictures, extra ‘bets’ should have a large inherent upside and be made for the right price. Here there isn’t a large inherent upside.”

Though the film grossed $191 million at theaters worldwide, with half of the ticket sales coming from abroad, the producer still claims that Washington’s race is impeding the movie’s success.

“I believe that the international motion picture audience is racist — in general pictures with an African American lead don’t play well overseas,” the producer whose name was removed from the emails wrote. “But Sony sometimes seems to disregard that a picture must work well internationally to both maximize returns and reduce risk, especially pics with decent size budgets.”

The hackers also revealed offensive emails regarding the President and celebrities who adopt Black babies.

Sony pulled the Christmas release of the comedy about an attempted assassination of the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, after the hackers released a note that read:

“Warning. We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY.”

“Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film,” said a spokesperson for the studio on Wednesday.

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12 thoughts on “Producer Suggests Sony Not Make More Denzel Washington Films Because The World Is Racist, According to Hacked Email

  1. Don't worry Ice Cube will produce you! To hell with Sony. We know you had Micheal Jackson killed. The Doctor was just a scapegoat.

  2. Speak!! What was once in the dark.. will come to the light.

  3. BOYCOTT SONY! Don't buy their products!

  4. Sly Randolph says:

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Some folks will never learn. White Global Supremacy is alive and well. Lot's of two faced devils out there!

  5. Sly Randolph says:

    Amen to that sister!

  6. Laura Belluscio Hintzke says:

    SCREW the international market place…..what an idiot….and they better not stop putting my favorite actor Denzel on the big screen or there will be some TROUBLE!

  7. Why should we wait until what we know they have always felt to come come out to then boycott?

  8. We should all cut cable, stop watching tv, etc. Sony, universal, Viacom etc they all with the same bs. Prada, Nike, Gucci etc nothing different.

  9. Charlette Abdul-Malik Muhammad says:

    That why we should invest in our own and do for self…They been feeling that way its really nothing new

  10. Time for the Black heavy hitters in the film/entertainment industry to leave Hollywood racist ways, come together to start creating and telling their own stories and take control; Blacks in Entertainment is worth far more than credit is given by these racist producers who continue to undermine black people. Time to step out do for self.

  11. Toni Ash says:

    Patricia Brown bill cosby tried that ………

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