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PopWrapped | Celebrities

Benedict Cumberbatch Refers To Black Actors As 'Colored'

Christa Tintelnot | PopWrapped Author

Christa Tintelnot

Updated 03/12/2015 2:04pm
Benedict Cumberbatch Refers To Black Actors As 'Colored' | Benedict Cumberbatch
Media Courtesy of The Guardian UK
Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch made waves this week when he referred to black actors in Hollywood as “colored” during an interview on the Tavis Smiley Show. The quote that brought down all the heat was:
“I think as far as colored actors go, it gets really different in the UK, and a lot of my friends have had more opportunities here [in America] than in the UK, and that’s something that needs to change.”
Quickly, the Sherlock stud claimed he was “an idiot” for using the phrase and his camp released the following statement:
“I’m devastated to have caused offence 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.”
Reactions to Cumberbatch’s statement were mixed, but most agree that this gaffe highlights an issue in both the entertainment industry and society itself. What do you think, PopWrappers? Was Benedict Cumberbatch’s statement offensive or just an innocent slip of the tongue? If you were offended, was his apology good enough? Let us know, below!

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