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What was meant to be a friendly chat to promote the new "X-Men" movie turned into a frosty discussion about race on a popular morning radio program, but the British Broadcasting Corp. defended its disc jockey.

Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry appeared on Chris Moyles‘ Radio One breakfast show Thursday and clashed with her host after he impersonated what he described as a "big, fat, black guy." "Are we having a racist moment here?"

Berry, the first black actress to win an Academy Award for a lead role, asked Moyles after she took exception to his impersonation. Moyles, who is white, said he just couldn’t do American accents. Moyles made it clear on air that there was nothing racist in what he said, a BBC spokesman said Friday on condition of anonymity, in line with the corporation’s policy.

The exchange began when Hugh Jackman, Berry‘s "X-Men: The Last Stand" co-star, jokingly suggested that Moyles might take the role of his body double if he ever landed the part of James Bond.

"I could definitely do that," Moyles said before adding, "Put your hands in the air!"

A somewhat puzzled Jackman replied, "Are you some kind of Brooklyn Bond?"

Moyles replied: "I’m a black American guy. A big, fat, black guy. Put your hands up in the air."

The interview continued, though the DJ later said Berry was "ratty" – British slang for grouchy.

Pictured above are X-men co-stars Famke Janssen, Hugh Jackman, and Halle Berry at a photocall earlier today at the Marriott Hotel in Berlin, Germany.  To the left is Hugh out and about in London yesterday.  After the jump is Hugh and Halle doing press in London earlier in the day. X-men: The Last Stand opens in theaters next Friday, May 26.  More pictures in the gallery!

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24 Comments

# 1

I think is silly when celebrities just because they are of different color..take everything as an insult…i’m black..and i can still laugh at myself.

# 2

i’m not black, but i can certainly understand why halle berry was offended by that. all stereotypes are dangerous and definitely touchy. especially in america. but i will say this: i’ve lived in england for most of my life (although i’m living in america now), and i’d like to point out the fact that most black english people are not nearly as sensitive about race as they are in america. they’re simply british people who happen to be black. not "african-english" or whatever. the real issue of racism in england is with indians and middle-easterners. i wish more people would remember that, especially with the whole snoop/heathrow incident. it’s just embarrassing for them to be making such a big deal out of it when they’re dealing with a different country’s culture.

# 3

also, sorry, i just can’t resist mentioning the hypocrisy involved with movies like "white girls" being made. horribly racist and sexist yet widely accepted. hollywood is so bizarre.

# 4

I would responded the same way Halle Berry did. Even Hugh Jackman was confused by the "put your hands up" comment. Why did attach race to it at all. He could have called himself a bank robber, a thief, or a robber. By attaching a race he showed his true mindset and how he sees Black Americans. The British do have racial issues they are just not as visible as here in the US. Race shouldn’t matter but it does. It colors the way people view one another, themselves, and the world around them. What you may see as funny others can find painful. Race, color, or religion is sometimes the deciding factor in how people are treated at work, in a store, or just walking down the street. I proud Halle did not sit there silently. Good for her.

# 5
Glamour Diva @ 05/19/2006 at 5:04 pm

I think “sensitivity” works both ways. When I speak to people of different cultures, regardless of what country I happen to inhabit at the time, I try to be as sensitive as possible to that person’s culture. For example, I know Hindus believe cows are sacred so I wouldn’t invite one of my Hindu friends to a Steakhouse for dinner and expect him or her to sit there and smell burning flesh and watch me eat said burned flesh all evening. I certainly wouldn’t berate them for taking offense either! Yes Americans are sensitive about race and color issues because we have yet to have a real, national conversation on it. The descendants of Africans still hold a lot of anger in their hearts because of slavery, Jim Crow, etc. and whites still have a lot of repressed guilt. No one would tell the Japanese interred during WWII to just get over it and move on. Neither would they tell Jews nor Native Americans to just forget about the atrocities and discrimination they’ve suffered. Unfortunately this is exactly what is expected of black Americans and this incident, and the response from hf428, is a prime example. Most people from other cultures know about our less than perfect American history so why would this DJ not take that into consideration? And then to call her “ratty” or grouchy because she took issue with something that offended her seems very childish! Even if he didn’t think he’d said anything wrong he should have been gracious and respectful enough to accept her position on the issue and let that be the end of it. I applaud Ms. Berry for standing up for what she believes in…regardless of whether or not I agree with or understand her perspective.

# 6
Please! LMAO @ 05/19/2006 at 6:18 pm

Give me a damn break.! He was acting like a Black Amer guy? Yeah b/c all my black brothers, my father, uncles. They ALL put their hands in the air . You know what I can stand about white people is you are always decades behind the rest of the non white world. You make asses of yourself on a daily basis. Master race my ass.

# 7

chris moyles is a fool. i’m proud of halle for telling him off

# 8

the DJ was implying that black american men rob people when he told hugh jackman to put your hands up. and that is VERY racist!

# 9
Oval Jehta @ 05/19/2006 at 8:44 pm

So if I use the N-word and then right after it say that I wasn’t being racist, I guess that’s OK too. This British guy is a tool. Go you Halle. Tell him like it is.

I’m not black, but that was definitely racism going on there! It’s not only blacks who have to go through that. So do alot of other ethnic groups. And let me tell you, it doesn’t feel good. It’s degrading. It’s very hurtful. And probably provoking her. That radio DJ was disgusting and representing the utmost unintillegent ways of white trash I have ever witnessed. He was NOT funny! And Halle is never "ratty"! That’s a far cry from who she really is if I ever saw one. She has class, unlike the uneducated "bloke" on this radio show. How dare he. Who the hell does he think he is? Halle is considered almost royalty in america. (Shut up, she actually is). That was f’d up. Talk about the most PLAYED OUT dullest moment of radio ever!

i don’t understand what happened here. i wasn’t defending this guy at all. if you read what i said carefully, i said that all stereotypes are bad. i just wanted to point out the fact that it is not as sensitive of a subject in england. this does not BY ANY MEANS make it OKAY. please read my comment carefully before attacking me.also, in the comment after the first one, i went so far as to state that the movie "white girls" is blatant racism. nothing i said condoned that kind of mentality, nor did i say the DJ’s actions were acceptable. and i agree with everything glamour diva said. he/she made my point better than i did, obviously.

terribly sorry about the confusion i made. i just want people to realize that not everyone in england knows it’s such a sensitive subject. it doesn’t mean we’re all pigs like this one.

That is so true……its funny when its not you……

in regards to the movie "white chics" or white girls" or whatever the name was, which was hilarious… i will tell you why it was NOT racist. it was not DEGRADING to the white race whatsoever. Tell me how it degraded the white CULTURE? and which white culture, might i add? white people have been racist towards blacks for decades. one little film couldn’t hurt. they deserve it. unless it HURT white people in some way, i highly doubt those black actors were being "racist to whites"… (o m g, that was funny). Black people have had a history of horrific criMes of racism and malcious behavior towards them. this movie was by all means, not malicious. and anyways, maybe you can call this movie racism, but my question to you is, which race? german? italian? polish? jewish? let me know.

sorry… i meant to say russian jewish people… or polish jewish people? oh, whatever. i really don’t think they mind if i say jewish, even though, I KNOW I KNOW, it is not a "race." I live in NY, so I KNOW.

Number one there are no big fat American black men in any James Bond movies. You are lucky if you get anyone except a Star like Halle. So, what the hell was that fool talking about, duh?Some things may not be racist, but stupid thatsanother horse. Somewhere in his rotunda he must of thought that was funny, somewhwere is in his rotunda.

alright, i’m sorry, mira, i didn’t realize all black people came from one country and one small culture in africa. wait, you DO know there are hundreds and hundreds of different cultures in africa, right? racism has everything to do with color, you said it in an earlier post. white people (i’m not white, by the way) have different ETHNICITIES or CULTURES, but their RACE is still CAUCASIAN, or white. i just thought i’d clear that up for you. furthermore, i was horribly offended by that movie because i am a woman, and i thought it was terribly sexist.

your attitude about racism is horrifying. no wonder america still has such problems. for you to think that racism only occurs against black people is terribly naive. people are subjected to racist and oppressive behaviors all the time in the world, and there are plenty of those who are not black. and i have been treated poorly by racist white people AND black people, i might add. so please don’t talk to me like i don’t know what it’s like to be treated unfairly because of the color of my skin. i do.

i also wish to rescind the comment i made about america still having problems. we still have so many problems with race in england, too. i have to remember that. i’m just a bit homesick, really. sorry. i love living in america, i really do.

Ahhh. I want to run my fingers through Hugh Jackman’s chest hair. Ahhhhh. Sexxxy.

cellchild @ 05/21/2006 at 6:48 am

Famke and Hugh are HOT! Halle is trash.

who cares……..people make a big deal out of everything.They make fun of white red necks and I laugh because it is true not because it is raceist………

Funny how Halle Berry seems to think she’s black. She’s not. Her mother is white and she is of mixed race.

Murphys law @ 05/22/2006 at 8:59 am

# 10 I agree that was total uncalled for and not funny. I am glad that she made it perfectly clear that it bothered her.

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