There were a lot of very angry people recently, after British actor Benedict Cumberbatch used the term "coloured" when talking about the UK's performing arts scene and the lack of diversity in it for black actors. Now, fellow actor David Oyelowo has spoken out to defend Benedict, pointing out the fact that people are getting too caught up on one word, rather than realising the point that Cumberbatch was trying to make.
Oyelowo said, "I reached out to him in support and said I think it's ridiculous. 'When you look at what he was actually saying it's clear that he's a huge supporter of black performers. To attack him for a term, as opposed to what he was actually saying, I think is very disingenuous and is indicative of the age we live in where people are looking for sound bites as opposed to substance."
Meanwhile, Benedict Cumberbatch has also responded to the negativity surrounding his comments, by coming out and apologising for using the term "coloured". Benedict insists that he meant no disrespect by using the term and hopes that it will highlight the need for correct use of terminology in the future.
Cumberbatch said, "I'm devastated to have caused offence by using this outmoded terminology. I offer my sincere apologies. 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."
Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the most charming, down to Earth and genuine people in Hollywood these days and he is a huge talent along with it. We have no doubt that the actor meant absolutely no offence by his comments and hope those criticising him for it can see that he was trying to do good.