Benedict Cumberbatch Officially Apologizes For Referring To Black Actors As ‘Colored’ — Read His Statement HERE

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Benedict Cumberbatch is truly sorry.

After giving an interview in which he referred to black actors as “colored,” the Oscar nominee quickly issued an apology for the unfortunate gaffe.

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The irony of the incident is The Imitation Game star was discussing racial inequality in the British entertainment industry and its need for more diversity.

In the interview, Cumberbatch said:

“As far as colored actors go, it gets really difficult in the U.K.”

Yeah, we think the actor could have used a better term to get his point across.

In response to the backlash from the charity group, Show Racism the Red Card, Benedict issued the following apology:

“I’m devastated to have caused offense by using this outmoded terminology. 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.”

We’re glad the actor took full responsibility for his actions — his words seem sincere.

So, what do YOU think of the actor‘s apology?

[Image via WENN.]

Jan 27, 2015 9:38am PDT

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