Folks; it pains me to write about the nightmare going on at Sony Pictures Entertainment (aka SPE) right now. Yours truly ran their email system in 1995/96. I've often said how lucky I am that I managed huge corporate email systems before the advent of serious quantities of SPAM and when hacking didn't look at all like it does today.
I've been saying the same thing for years; "Assume that nothing you write is private". This is just another example. I also feel bad for Amy Pascal. She was a prominent exec at Turner Broadcasting; my job prior to moving to SPE. Are her words innappropriate? Sure. But if we're honest with ourselves, we know that we've all written the same snarky things – or thought about writing them!
What made me laugh most was seeing an on-air personality state that Sony was essentially a pariah due to these disclosed statements and that talent would flee to other studios. Ri-i-i-ight! Because execs aren't making the same 'private' comments at those other studios (insert rolling eyes here). At least they were prior to this fiasco becoming public.
Methinks the right offers for the right amount of money will smooth over those hurt feelings.