Benedict Cumberbatch Apologizes For Calling Black Actors "Colored" & Pushes For Less Problematic Terminology
When Benedict Cumberbatch called black actors"colored" on the Tavis Smiley PBS talk show, he was just trying to make a point about black actors not getting enough opportunities in the U.K., but unfortunately, that was overshadowed by his outdated and offensive terminology. When the actor spoke about his British colleagues Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo, he was passionate about racial inequality, yet started off his rant with the strikingly incorrect language.
Even though Cumberbatch was shining a light on a very important issue, "colored" is a term that hasn't been used in many decades. Especially given the context of what he was saying, he should have known better. The fact that this language is still around at all in 2015 is outrageous, and it is a big part of the overall problem with racism and racial inequality across all fields, including acting. Cumberbatch apologized on Monday for being a "complete fool" and reminded everyone how wrong it is to use this term. Read an excerpt from his statement to People below: