Benedict Cumberbatch has found himself in the midst of a major media firestorm. The British actor was talking about racial inequality when he used the term ‘colored.’ This didn’t sit well with many people and they took to social media to lash out at him.
Benedict Cumberbatch, 38, went on to the Travis Smiley show and was discussing diversity in roles, but wound up getting into hot water after he used the “outdated” term, “colored.” The British actor’s comments were quickly criticized online, prompting him to issue a sincere apology.
Benedict Cumberbatch Sorry For Calling Black People ‘Colored’: ‘I’m An Idiot’
In what started out as a positive debate on the lack of diversity on British screens, quickly turned into a bigger issue involving outdated terminology and racism.
Benedict was discussing his view on diversity in roles and said, “I think as far as colored actors go it gets really different in the U.K., and a lot of my friends have had more opportunities here [in the U.S.] than in the U.K., and that’s something that needs to change.”
Although his message was pro racial equality, his remarks were found offensive by a large-scale of people along with the Anti-racism campaign group, Show Racism the Red Card.
He quickly wanted to address the issue and apologize. The actor told People, “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.”
He went on to say, “I can only hope this incident will highlight the need for correct usage of terminology that is accurate and inoffensive.”
It’s clear the actor was very hurt that his comments were found offensive and he wanted to make it right as quick as possible.
Benedict Feels Like A “Fool”
Benedict truly feels horrible for his “outdated” terminology and continued to apologize by saying, “I feel the complete fool I am and while I am sorry to have offended people and to learn from my mistakes in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.”
The Oscar nominee went on to tell People, “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.”
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— Brittany King