Three time Oscar, and 19-time nominee Meryl Streep decided to speak out on the issue of diversity in film industry.
The statement was made at the Berlin International Film Festival on Thursday, February 11. The issue was confronted when one of the members of the press noted that the panel of juries was all white.
Streep 66 asserted, “This jury is evidence that at least women are included and in fact dominate this jury, and that’s an unusual situation in bodies of people who make decisions. So I think the Berlinale is ahead of the game.”
Hmm. Slippery slope Streep. But, from newly acquired knowledge, we’ve discovered that Streep is the festival’s president. Streep started with praising the jury, “I have absolutely no idea how to run a jury. But I’ve been the boss of other enterprises, my family and various other things. So I’m going to learn by doing.”
After this statement, Streep was questioned by an Egyptian reporter, if she was aware of any of the films that were submitted from Arab and North African countries.
Streep retorted, “I’ve played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures. There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, and after all, we’re all from Africa originally. Berliners, we’re all Africans, really.”
Seems like Streep dodged a bullet with a philosophical answer here. Doesn’t it?