Notably, Sharpton compared Pascal to Donald Sterling, the former LA Clippers owner who made his own infamous racial remarks in a leaked tape earlier this year. Facing intense pressure, Sterling ultimately sold the team.
“These emails nominate Amy Pascal to be considered by some of us in the same light that we concluded and moved on the ownership of Donald Sterling of the L.A. Clippers,” Sharpton, an influential civil rights advocate, said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
In her emails, Pascal and producer Scott Rudin joked about which African-American-themed movies President Barack Obama would like. They apologized after the messages were made public.