Meryl Streep Reacts To #OscarsSoWhite By Saying ‘We’re All Africans’ — Wait, WHAT??!

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Oh, Meryl…

There’s been quite a bit of controversy surrounding the Oscars this year seeing as how all 20 of the acting nominees are white.

While SEVERAL people have spoken out about the issue, one highly esteemed actress we had not heard from was Meryl Streep — until now.

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The topic of diversity among the nominees came up at the Berlin International Film Festival on Thursday and seeing as how Streep is the Jury’s president, she did her best to address the questions thrown her way.

The 66-year-old began by talking about the diversity of the festival’s judges by saying:

“This jury is evidence that at least women are included and in fact dominate this jury, and that’s an unusual situation in bodies of people who make decisions. So I think the Berlinale is ahead of the game.”

Meryl was then asked by an Egyptian reported whether or not she knew much about Arab and North African films to which she replied:

“I’ve played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures.”

Unfortunately she went on to say:

“There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, and after all we’re all from Africa originally. Berliners, we’re all Africans really.”


OK, we’re guessing what she meant was that we’re all humans, and if you go far enough back we’re all from the same place…

But does that really have ANY bearing on the discussion??

We mean, is she trying to say it’s all good because actually 20 Africans got nominated?!

Geez, Meryl, we love you, but that is not helping…

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The jury at the Berlin film fest is made up of seven people who will ultimately choose the winners of the Golden Bear and several Silver Bear awards.

Other members on the jury include Clive Owen, Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher, German Actor Lars Eidinger, Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska, French photographer Brigitte Lacombe, and British film critic Nick James.

What do you think of Streep’s #OscarsSoWhite comments?

[Image via Clemens Niehaus/Future Image/WENN.]

Feb 11, 2016 10:51am PDT

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