Oprah on Sony Emails: Don’t Rush to Judgment

Oprah Winfrey has joined the conversation regarding the stolen Sony emails, encouraging people to think carefully about the situation before jumping to conclusions.

“I would hope that we would not stand in such harsh judgment of a moment in time where someone was hacked and their private conversations were put before the world,” Winfrey told CNN’s Don Lemon.

Winfrey’s comments came while she was promoting “Selma,” which she produced. Many have dubbed the film a timely addition to the current conversation regarding racial unrest.

Winfrey, in the red carpet interview, went on to say that though she “tries to write everything as though it’s going to show up in the New York Times,” everyone has sensitive content in their private conversations that they would be embarrassed to share.

Tyler Perry agreed with her: “I do not think that she’s a racist,” when asked about Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal’s email exchange with producer Scott Rudin.

In the stolen emails, which have put Sony’s cyber-attack atop national headlines this week, Pascal and Rudin joked that President Obama would prefer to watch black-oriented films such as “12 Years a Slave,” “The Butler” (which Oprah produced) and Kevin Hart’s films.

Winfrey’s and Perry’s comments stand in contrast with those made by Ava DuVernay, director of “Selma,” who recently spoke out against the emails, calling them “sickening and sad.”

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  1. Sam davis says:

    she didn’t defend donald sterling for his racial comments in private. She did exactly the opposite. At the very least, be consistent.

  2. Audrey Caan says:

    Jeez…get a sense of humor, hypocrites,,,Yes,that be you,,,,Funny, innocent..written by Democrats who pledged money and supported events for our President…He and Michelle probably had a giggle, as well.
    Okay… Will help you: think SLN..Oh, and get a life!!!!!!!!!!

    Enough!!!! Bigger issues..

    OUR PRESIDENT: working overtime…What would any of you accomplish that would supersede his amazing efforts and achievements?????
    Right, though so…Muzzle!!!!!

  3. Aida Takla says:

    Not condoning hacking, however not defending what was exposed by the hacking either. May be this is an opportunity for these executive to reflect on their expressed feeling.
    Why now make excuses.

  4. WTF Guy says:

    This hack might have saved Bill Cosby.

  5. felix says:

    Does Oprah’s sentiments about private conversations extend to Donald Sterling as well?

  6. yar says:

    in the meantime, variety has run out of shit to talk about other than sony.

  7. Alex says:

    So I guess they think Hart is a whore then? What will they say if any of the next batch of e-mails has some ziggers directed at them?

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