Sony President Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin think that slavery was funny. Have they watched such movies as “Django Unchained” and “12 Years A Slave?” I haven’t watched them – I hate slave movies! – but I would bet my freedom that there was nothing to laugh about in those movies. If Pascal and Rudin only knew how angry slave movies make Black people…. I am referring to the “hacked” email exchange between Pascal and Rudin. They joked that President Barack Obama probably likes slave movies, then referenced the two above movies.

After Pascal’s and Rudin’s racist behavior was exposed, the two publicly apologized. Pascal even made a misplaced apology to Rev. Al Sharpton. This might be news to Pascal, but Rev. Sharpton is not the president of Black people. She should be apologizing to President Obama, the president of the United States, and by such the President of all Americans, including Black Americans. She should also apologize to every Black actor who has ever acted in a slave movie, starting with Lupita Nyongo’o, Academy Award-Winner of “12 Years A Slave” and Jamie Foxx of “Django Unchained” and Academy Award-Winner for “Ray” and Denzel Washington, Academy Award-Winner for “Glory.”

These two new wannabe slave masters, Pascal and Rudin, whose remarks emanate from a sense of white superiority, should be forced to watch the two slave movies in question in a ‘hood in Los Angeles. At the conclusion of the movies, they should stand at the exit and tell the angry Black faces how funny the movies were. I would once again bet my freedom that they would get more than two thumbs down. Yes, #2thumbsdown2PascalandRudinand 2thumbsdown2slavemovies.


About William Eric Waters, aka Easy Waters

Award-winning poet, playwright and writer. Author of three books of poetry, "Black Shadows and Through the White Looking Glass: Remembrance of Things Past and Present"; "Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black Hats"; "The Black Feminine Mystique," and a novel, "Streets of Rage." All four books are available on
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