Benedict Cumberbatch Says He’s An Idiot For Calling Blacks Colored
Oscars nominee Benedict Cumberbatch has issued an apology beating up on himself for using the outdated term “colored,” in an interview last week.
According to Page Six reports:
Benedict Cumberbatch says he was an “idiot” to refer to non-white actors as “colored.”
The Academy Award-nominated actor used the word on PBS talk show “Tavis Smiley” last week while discussing diversity in the entertainment industry. He said that “as far as colored actors go,” there were more opportunities in the U.S. than Britain, “and that’s something that needs to change.”
British anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card said it welcomed Cumberbatch’s comments on diversity but felt the term he used was “outdated.”
In a statement Monday, Cumberbatch apologized for his “thoughtless use of inappropriate language.”
He said: “I’m devastated to have caused offense by using this outmoded terminology. I offer my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done.”
Seems like he’s really taking it to heart. Shouldn’t people be openminded and forgiving? It’s not like he used the n-word!
Tavis Smiley even took to Twitter to defend Cumberbatch: