Back in January, Charlotte Rampling sparked an uproar when she said that the criticism surrounding the lack of diversity among the 88th Academy Award nominees “is racist to white people.” Rampling, a British actress who is now 70, was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in the film 45 Hours. She spoke out in defense of her comments in an interview, saying that she is “anything but racist” and that her comments were “misinterpreted.” The explosive comments were made during an interview with a French radio station and went, in part, like this:
“Why classify people? These days everyone is more or less accepted … 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?”
Rampling claims she had second thoughts about her remarks in rather swift order. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, what have I said.’ It was in no way what people thought,” she said, adding that she didn’t pay attention to all of the backlash to her comments at the time. “After I just didn’t listen to anything, so I don’t know who said what about it,” Rampling said. “I can’t really say too much now. I could have easily had a dialogue, but I wasn’t going to do that after what I said. I’m anything but racist.”
Read the full story at The Express.