What an awkward and unfortunate moment…
Good Morning America host Amy Robach is apologizing for her use of the phrase “colored people” during a broadcast this morning while discussing the issue of diversity in Hollywood.
The remark, which initially sent social media into a spiral of controversy and anger, came during an interview segment while Robach was discussing issues of productions hiring white actors in roles meant for non-white performers and vice versa when discussing Zendaya‘s rumored role in next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Watch her cringeworthy, unfortunate moment happen in real time (below):
After the show, according to the Associated Press, Robach immediately issues a statement in which she called the incident “a mistake” and said she meant to say “people of color.”
“[It is] not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life.”
Yeah, one would hope.
Statement or not, though, the damage was done — and social media users everywhere have been up in arms today with the issue, including some tweeting (below):
First time in a while I turn on #gma and I hear @arobach say “colored people” in a story. So apparently I woke up in the 1950s ├░┼╕┬ñΓÇ¥ #really
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Cinnamon B Hernandez (@neicilaw) August 22, 2016
Amy Robach … please tell you didn’t just say “colored people” when discussing roles in 2016!!! Nooooooo Amy!!!#gma#disappointed
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Tan (@TanTan729) August 22, 2016
What a horrible choice of words!
[Image via Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENN.]