Meryl Streep on Film Industry's Diversity Problem: "We're All Africans Really"
Published Feb 11, 2016In the lead-up to the extremely white Oscars, the film industry's diversity problem is under scrutiny. While many have spoken out against the racial diversity issues plaguing Hollywood, others have taken a more flippant route. Sadly, it looks like beloved actress Meryl Streep might fall into the latter category.
Streep is currently in Berlin, where she serves as the jury president of the Berlin International Film Festival. She sits on the all-white jury alongside Lars Eidinger, Nick James, Brigitte Lacombe, Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher and Małgorzata Szumowska.
At a press conference, Streep was asked for her views on racial diversity in Hollywood. Her response, well, probably could've used some punching up from a publicist before being spoken out loud. "I've played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures," she said. "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."
Streep added that she was glad to be joined by three other women on the jury. "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."
Thanks to the Guardian for the tip.