Actress Meryl Streep not only has a serious knack for acting, but also for staying above the fray — until now.
In the midst of an ongoing controversy surrounding the “white Oscars,” Streep was asked for her take on the lack of diversity within the industry at the Berlin film festival on Thursday. With one sentence she made jaws drop, and walked away with her head held high.
“We’re all Africans really,” Streep said.
“We’re all Africans really,” Meryl Streep says when asked about lack of diversity on Berlin film festival jury: https://t.co/ZpKxLI2XBq
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 11, 2016
Well, there you have it. Can we all just finally move on and work together to fix the economy, debilitating debt, and devolving society?
Not so fast. As with everything else these days, the world’s most famous actress started a mini-controversy of her own:
@AP Then she went on to say that we’re all gay and rich. I guess diversity is in the eye of the beholder.
— Scott DeYager (@ScottDeYager) February 11, 2016
Here we go…
@AP what?? streep takes an important issue facing the industry and turns it into a joke. white privilege at its finest.
— Shanice Skkye (@shan_skkye) February 11, 2016
@canadagirl84 every group should able to express themselves individually. Meryl Streep making a blanket statement is dismissive
— DJMENSAONTHE1s&2s (@mensathedj) February 11, 2016
“Dismissive” and perhaps unifying. But, we can’t have that. How, then, will we remain perpetually outraged?
@AP Really ? We’re all Africans?? That comment trivializes the question.
— Maurice Oduor (@MauriceJOduor) February 11, 2016
@AP It appears Sophie made a poor choice in speaking
— Hell is Empty (@Sleestak) February 11, 2016
Speaking in and of itself is becoming a poor choice these days.
— tyler (@twowaypager) February 11, 2016
— Anonymous (@haynksa) February 11, 2016
“Stick to your own race?” How progressive.
— Alleyne Smith (@alleynesmith) February 11, 2016
@AP Damn and I liked Meryl Streep I see she’s just as clueless as a lot of people
— PhenomenalWoman (@1nePhenomenalMe) February 11, 2016
But not everyone was offended, there were some who thought she had more than a clue:
— P Lynn (@PlynnPburg) February 11, 2016
— ✿ Sugar Beats ✿ (@SugarBeats) February 11, 2016
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