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Benedict Cumberbatch Apologizes For Calling Black Actors 'Colored'

Benedict Cumberbatch is calling himself an "idiot" after referring to black actors as "colored."

The Oscar-nominated actor, for his work in 'The Imitation Game', used the word on PBS talk show 'Tavis Smiley' while discussing diversity in Hollywood.

Cumberbatch said that "as far as colored actors go" there were more opportunities in the United States than in his native Britain "and that's something that needs to change."

British charity Show Racism the Red Card said it appreciated Cumberbatch being involved in the conversation but pointed out his use of the "outdated" term "colored."

Cumberbatch then issued a statement that seemed to take it harder than it needed to be: "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."

"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 UK and the need for rapid improvements in our industry when I used the term."

"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. 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."

January 27, 2015 |

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