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David Oyelowo Says Accusing Benedict Cumberbatch of Racism is 'Absolutely Ridiculous'

David Oyelowo Says Accusing Benedict Cumberbatch of Racism is 'Absolutely Ridiculous'

David Oyelowo looks super sharp while attending a press conference for his movie Selma held during the 2015 Berlinale International Film Festival at Grand Hyatt Hotel on Tuesday (February 10) in Berlin, Germany.

The 38-year-old actor was joined by his co-star Colman Domingo, as well as director Ava DuVernay, all of whom later hit the red carpet for the film’s premiere.

David recently responded to the backlash Benedict Cumberbatch received for using the term “colored” when talking about black actors and diversity.

“To accuse him of racism is absolutely ridiculous and nonsensical, and anyone who does should be ashamed of themselves,” David told The Big Issue. “He was talking about the under-representation of people within the UK film industry and the fact that actors like me are getting better opportunities in the US. He has no dog in that fight. He is one of the premier white actors, not just in the UK but the world. And he has done something truly beautiful in saying this isn’t right.”

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Posted to: Ava DuVernay, Colman Domingo, David Oyelowo

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  • Danae

    Because it is ridiculous, let’s be honest. This whole ‘political correctness’ thing ruins our freedom to communicate.

  • lshelton22

    It wasn’t what he said, it was the word that he used. David must be incredibly daft not to get that.

  • Sassypants

    The context proves the word was not malicious or racist, just outdated.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Enough already. Who GAF about the stupidity of race-baiters? There’s real suffering going on in the world, people dying, people sold into actual slavery — and not just because of race, but because of religion as well. There are all kinds of injustices. I’m sick of hearing complaints from actors. Acting is a tough, tough field. ANYONE who gets a job in acting is damn lucky.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Exactly. Is there racism? Sometimes. But a lot of cries of “racism” are false accusations from the PC brigade that has made it a mission to control thought and speech.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Who GAF anyway?? In a few more years “people of color” will be outdated and “offensive” too. Blacks change it every freakin’ decade. It used to be Negro, then it was Colored, then it was Black, then African American, and now People of Color. It’s all a game. Only idiots fall into this trap.

  • plez

    Agree. And if people jump on others for ever word said than we will all stop having meaningful, truthful and educational conversations with each other. BC used the wrong word. Ok he got it. Does not need to be talked about again and again. Now lets go back to his main point. Which in the real world matters more than one little word.

  • Jon M’Shulla

    Tired old story much?

  • Kim

    Whites labeled us as Nig#er, Colored,Negro.
    We chose the names Black , African American .Many groups use the name People of Color.I don’t.
    Is colored outdated? Yes
    So is calling women, broads.Yet I just heard it yesterday in the grocery store.It is about context so I wasn’t offended by Cumberbatch.

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