Benedict Cumberbatch has issued an apology after referring to black actors as “coloured” on a US talk show.
During the interview on PBS talk show Tavis Smiley, Benedict spoke about diversity in films and opportunities for “coloured” actors in the United States and Britain.
According to BBC, his comments were quickly criticised online and charity Show Racism the Red Card said that he had “highlighted the issue of appropriate terminology.”
They said, “The term ‘coloured’ is now outdated and has the potential to cause offence due to the connotations associated with the term and its historical usage.”
In a statement the 38-year-old said, “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 UK 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.“
Do you think this apology will affect Benedict’s career? We sure hope not.