Benedict Cumberbatch Apologizes For Calling African American Actors “Colored”


It is 2015 and yet some people believe we are still in the 18th century. Benedict Cumberbatch is one of those people.

The actor who is known for his role in The Imitation Game made an ignorant comment about African Americans, when asked about diversity in the British and American entertainment industry. He single handedly shocked the media and his fans, by referring to black actors as “colored”. Cumberbatch said “As far as colored actors go, it gets really difficult in the U.K.” Reportedly, he made the statement to explain how black actors, including Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Selma’s David Oyelowo, are very successful in the U.S but their odds would be slimmer in the U.K.

Although some believe his statement was valid, his point was completely overlooked with his racist comment. Cumberbatch issued an apology. He said “I’m devastated to have caused offense by using this outmoded terminology. 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.”

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