I guess the Reptilian from Benedict Cumberbatch’s home planet who trained him to talk and act like a modern day human before he came to Earth forgot to tell him that it’s probably not a good idea to refer to black people as “colored.” The alien lizard masquerading as a Posh British actor was on PBS’ The Tavis Smalley Show last week and they got into talking about diversity in Hollywood. B. Cums called black actors” colored” when talking about how there’s more roles in the US than in the UK for black actors. B. Cums’ great great great great great great great-granddaddy would be proud!
“I think as far as colored actors go, it gets really difficult in the U.K., and a lot of my friends have had more opportunities (in the U.S.) than in the U.K. and that’s something that needs to change.”
The clip is here if your ears need to hear it for themselves. Some people said that B. Cums should get a pass since he’s a privileged British person who was raised by privileged British people who still use outdated phrases from the old times, but many, many others including the UK-based organization Show Racism the Red Card slapped at his lizard slit of a mouth for saying that shit.
B. Cums put out a statement where he apologized, called himself an idiot and said he hopes others can learn from his mistake.
“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 U.K. 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.”
Dear messes of Hollywood, the next time you need to apologize for some dumb shit you said or did, hire B. Cums’ PR team and get them to write the apology for you, because they know how to do it.
I haven’t checked yet to see if the most hardcore Cumberbitches have found a way to blame this on that lizard-trapping hussy harlot Sophie Hunter. Sophie Hunter probably made B. Cums say that term, because she knew he’d get shit for it and he’d have to try to save his Oscar campaign by marrying her the day before voting ends. How could she stoop so low?!
Here’s B. Cums struttin’ through Heathrow with Sophie Hunter a couple of weeks ago.