The recent Sony hack has left plenty of destruction in its path.
Yet, it also unveiled some incredibly random and hilarious information that we never knew we wanted (and I would argue, still aren’t sure we really need). Like the following chain e-mail correspondence about the war in Gaza, sent to prominent Jewish figures, Sony execs and celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, Russell Simmons, Natalie Portman and…Ryan Seacrest?
On Aug 29, 2014, at 1:29 PM, “Ryan Kavanaugh” wrote: The problem is that Moore ’ law is kicking in. Before the summer 50 percent of college students supported israel, today less the 25 percent do. There are hate crimes against heed happening in almost every major metropolitan city, now including the US. We have let this happen. And it’s our job to keep another Hollacast from happening. Many of you may think that can’t happen, that is extreme. My Grandmother told me over and over again remember no one believed it could happen and everyone thought the government would not allow it to. It took 5 years before the us stepped in, and 12 million dead. If you pull newspapers from pre Hollacast it seems eerily close to our world today.
Originally sent by Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity Media at Sony, the “The Social Network” executive producer and the originator of the most unfortunate misspelling of the word Holocaust, the reply-to-all e-mail chain apparently went on for a while.
It also elicited the following Russell Simmons gem:
From: Russell Simmons Date:08/29/2014 1:56 PM (GMT-08:00) To: Ryan Kavanaugh Cc: Glenn Feig , Mark Canton , “Silverman, Ben” , Ron Rotholz , [Joel Mowbray], Amy Pascal , Jon Feltheimer , Jim Gianopulos , Ron Meyer , [David Seigal], Ryan Seacrest , Russell Simmons , Bart Rosenblatt , Jason Binn , Meir Teper , Gianni Nunnari , Jack Rapke , Roger Birnbaum , Jonathan Brandstein , Patrick Whitesell , Cassian Elwes , Beau Flynn , Geyer Kosinski , John Burnham , Solomon Courtney , Rabbi Marc Schneier , Ken Sunshine , Natalie Portman , Scarlett Johansson , [George Perez], Rabbi Steven Leder , Rabbi Marvin Hier , Elliot Brandt , Frank Luntz , David Shane , [Kobi Marom] Subject: Re: Is the Gaza War Really Over? Simple messaging from non Jews specifically from Muslims promoting peace and Israel’s right to exist. Should be spread. (Possibly using statements from Hamas leadership in this branding exercise) could be a unifying force. U have ken sunshine on the chain. We have resources and the desire to win rather then loose the hearts of young Muslims and Jews. Our love for innocent suffering Palestinians must be a strong part of our messaging. With great love all things are possible
Portman was apparently perplexed by her inclusion in the crazy mass correspondences, and e-mailed the following to the Sony CEO and his wife: “How did I get on this list? Also Ryan Seacrest?”
Portman definitely has reason to be perplexed (typo-ridden chainmail aside). The American Idol host is definitely not Jewish, and doesn’t seem to have anything to do with Israel. So what is he doing there?
I, for one, am looking forward to a Ryan Seacrest Op-Ed about the two state solution.