Seth Rogen hits at media for coverage of the Sony hack
Seth Rogen is still angry when the media refers to emails stolen as part of the hack on Sony in 2014 “leaked” property.
“That is honestly the thing that drives me f—ing crazy,” Rogen told host Bill Simmons on the latest episode of HBO’s Any Given Wednesday.
The 2014 cyberattack on Sony was widely covered in the press, with a long tail of consequences ranging from the exit of Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal (who stepped down amid fallout from the hack) to a larger discussion about the wage gap in Hollywood, after it was revealed in emails that Jennifer Lawrence was paid less than her male American Hustle costars.
But Rogen feels one lasting impact from the event will be how media members covered the story. “That’s what I think, honestly, looking back in 10 years, the Sony hack’s most relevance lies there,” he said. “It was the first major cyberattack that actually kind of put the media to the test of like, ‘How do we deal with this? Someone just robbed your house and gave every one of your personal photos, diaries, letters, your correspondences, and basically just left it on the street corner. What are we going to do with that? Do you protect the victim of the crime? Do you do what the perpetrator of the crime is hoping you’re going to do?'”
Rogen added that during a recent interview, a journalist cited “good stuff” that came out of the hack, like the aforementioned pay gap conversation. “But look what happened as a result of all that,” Rogen said, citing Pascal’s exit. “One person lost their job: a woman who was running the studio, who specifically had a very feminist agenda in the best way possible. She greenlit the Ghostbusters movie, she had been talking about making movies specifically less homophobic in a lot of ways, and she’s the one person who basically lost her job over it.”
In an interview last year, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton said Pascal did not step down from her position at the studio over the hack. “It didn’t have anything to do with emails,” Lynton said. “Any connection between the two is invalid.”
Emails released as part of the hack revealed Pascal had made insensitive jokes about President Barack Obama in a thread with producer Scott Rudin. She later apologized, saying in a statement, “The content of my emails to Scott were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am. Although this was a private communication that was stolen, I accept full responsibility for what I wrote and apologize to everyone who was offended.”
On Wednesday, Rogen joked that he was worried his personal emails might have also been revealed during the hack. “I would have had some explaining to do,” he said with a laugh. “You talk sh– about a million people in your day-to-day life in your emailing, especially if the last 20 years of my emails had come out, which I would have not liked.”