Benedict Cumberbatch Apologizes Profusely For Saying ‘Colored’ Actors
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is extremely sorry for uttering the phrase “colored actors” in a recent interview. As he should be.
Cumberbatch made the racial flub while talking about the difficulties black actors have getting work in the UK versus the US, which sort of undermined the point he was making.
As he told Tavis Smiley, “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.”
He would go on to profusely apologize, saying, “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.”
A spokesperson for Show Racism the Red Card summed the comments up nicely with their statement reading, “Benedict Cumberbatch has highlighted a very important issue within the entertainment industry and within society.”
“In doing so, he has also inadvertently highlighted the issue of appropriate terminology and the evolution of language.”