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In addition to details about contracts, executive salaries and unpublished scripts that have emerged from leaked internal emails from Sony Pictures, another recently released exchange between a Sony executive and a producer has brought renewed attention to another open secret: Hollywood has a race problem.

In an exchange published by BuzzFeed Wednesday evening, Sony exec Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin run down a list of films they think the president has enjoyed — all of which prominently feature African-American actors and storylines, such as “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Django Unchained” and “Ride Along.”

Pascal and Rudin both issued apologies on Thursday for their comments, with Pascal describing the emails as “insensitive and inappropriate” and Rudin saying that the notes were “written in haste and without much thought or sensitivity.”

MSNBC host and political activist Al Sharpton released a statement Thursday saying, “What is most troubling about these statements is that they reflect a continued lack of diversity in positions of power in major Hollywood studios. The statements clearly show how comfortable major studio powers are with racial language and marginalization,” and called for studios to show a greater respect for African Americans in their hiring practices.

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