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Charlotte Rampling on Oscars Boycott: It's 'Racist to Whites'

Charlotte Rampling on Oscars Boycott: It's 'Racist to Whites'

Charlotte Rampling, one of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Actress, is speaking out about the boycott over diversity in the Academy.

The 69-year-old 45 Years actress spoke out in an interview conducted in French on Europe 1.

“It is racist to whites,” Charlotte reportedly said (via Variety). “One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list.”

“Why classify people? These days everyone is more or less accepted,” she continued. “People will always say: ‘Him, he’s less handsome’; ‘Him, he’s too black’; ‘He is too white’ … someone will always be saying ‘You are too’ (this or that) … But do we have to take from this that there should be lots of minorities everywhere?”

Charlotte, who is a member of the Academy, said that she would not support quotas for the membership.

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  • FerCat

    Yes, it’s less about race and more about money.

  • VanityInsecurity

    well said Ms. Rampling.. now if everyone else could just catch on.. The industry is all about money its a business a billions of dollars business.

  • Ash

    Finally a brave woman says it like it is. This is nothing more a bunch of entitled sour grapes using their skin color as an excuse to get something they don’t earn.

  • Jess

    Embarrassing. Perhaps she needs a lesson on what racism actually is. She as a privileged, white woman is never in danger of being oppressed by any minority group. No such thing as “reverse racism.”

  • Kaitlyn

    Yes there is.

    As a minority then it’s very clear to me that “anti-white” has become a trend I this country. You can’t speak out against any nationality, color or physical attribute without getting called out. But if you say something negative about whites then it’s uncontested because somehow “white people deserve hatred”.

    This Oscar Protest isn’t creating positive discussions, it’s reinforcing negative ones.

  • Kaitlyn

    Equal Treatment vs Special Treatment

    Look at the demands of the groups complaining and it’s clear whether their agenda is about being treated fairly or being treated with special.

  • Meri

    Um… no. Is it not racist to assume that a white woman is privileged? There are only five nominations for each of the four acting categories. It is a very small chance to be nominated no matter who you are. This year, Leo is outstanding. So is, Eddie, Matt, Bryan, and Michael. It just so happens that this is the year that they all did exceptionally well. Yes there aren’t any minority acting nominees this year. BUT, there are minority nominees for other awards (directing, scriptwriting, etc.) I think it is very hypocritical to respond to “supposed racism” with racism.

  • Ariana

    I am glad someone finally spoke up against this stupid boycott. Michael Caine even said the same thing this morning.

  • Jess

    Being white in and of itself is a privilege in our society, even if you are poor. Prejudice and racism are two different things.

  • Jess

    Any “anti-white” sentiments are about prejudice, not racism. There is a difference between the two, that’s all I’m saying.

  • Jessica Mari

    She is obviously part of the problem!

  • Kaitlyn

    Revisit your original statement. You claim “privileged white woman” which is derogatory and yes, racist.

    Her color makes you assume privilege. Why? Do all white people live lives without struggle? Are all white people guaranteed success? And are you really ignoring the unfairness any woman from the 1960s had to live through?

    Yet here you are claiming prejudice and privelege and you put her down because… she is white. That is racism in its purest form.

    (And with your “prejudice” claims. The academy didn’t choose ‘white over black’, they chose ‘best over better’. To assume anything otherwise is simply looking for something to complain about.)

  • Lustfulsaint

    I am a minority and I agree to an extent. There should not be a quota to how much minorities are nominated for any awards. It is the quality of work and the popularity of there work that makes a Oscar nom. That being said I have notice that indeed some black actors with way more outstanding performance have been ignored. Some in my opinion have surpass some of the current nominees. At the same time not enough has been done with the studios to promote these films of minority actors and directors compared with others. In other words I feel will smith and idris alba deserve noms. I feel studios neglected them as actors which in turn didn’t get them nominated . I wouldn’t bother going to the awards either and I would not asked other actors to do the same unless they felt the same. My final statement would be that people have to understand that this is about equality but also quality . Some older people , especially those in the entertainment industry would not understand civil rights and racism. Everyone just wants to be equal and the fact is we are not .
    The End…Exit Stage Left!

  • deusexmachina

    And some of the posters here and Michael Caine are.

  • Jess

    I fail to see how recognizing privilege is derogatory, and it’s certainly not racist. I did not put HER down, I said her statement was un-informed and therefore embarrassing and if you think that is racist then you should educate yourself on what is and isn’t racism.

    I never said the Academy was prejudice, I was referring to the idea of “reverse racism.”

  • Kirk

    Acting tends to be viewed as representation, putting a human face on a group. There are 20 slots in acting, and 10 in original + adapted screenplay (all white nominees in 2016.)

    Rampling earned her role and nomination, without doing anything unfair to a black actress. Someone like Viola Davis is saying, black actresses don’t even have similar roles written for them. The same quality roles don’t exist.

    All the boycott has done (because Oscars is the biggest publicity event of the industry), is for many to come forward about how mostly white the industry is (even lower positions), and white men are always in the powerful positions to decide what movies, stories, roles and careers “happen”. White men write about white men, direct white men at the center.