Benedict Cumberbatch: I'm 'an Idiot' for Referring to 'Colored' Actors

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Benedict Cumberbatch has apologized for using the term “colored” in a conversation about race, saying that he is “devastated to have caused offense by using this outmoded terminology” and is sorry for “being an idiot.”

Talking about diversity in Hollywood on PBS’ Tavis Smiley last week, Cumberbatch remarked:

“I think as far as colored actors go, it gets really difficult in the U.K., and a lot of my friends have had more opportunities (in the U.S.) than in the U.K. and that’s something that needs to change.”

Since the airing, Show Racism the Red Card, a U.K. organization, has called out Cumberbatch for using such an “outdated” and politically incorrect term and t
he actor quickly issued the following apology:

“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.
I can only hope this incident will highlight the need for correct usage of terminology that is accurate and inoffensive.The most shaming aspect of this for me is that I was talking about racial inequality in the performing arts in the U.K. and the need for rapid improvements in our industry when I used the term. I feel the complete fool I am and while I am sorry to have offended people and to learn from my mistakes in such a public manner please be assured I have. I apologize again to anyone who I offended for this thoughtless use of inappropriate language about an issue which affects friends of mine and which I care about deeply.”

An apology wherein someone accepts blame, learns from their mistakes and helps inform others? Well, I never.

[ NYDN/E! Online]

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