David Oyelowo Defends Benedict Cumberbatch For Using The Term “Colored” During Interview

David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo

I bet actor Benedict Cumberbatch now regrets appearing on the Tavis Smiley Show

For those who missed it, Benedict appeared on the PBS talk show several nights go and talked about the lack of opportunities for black actors in the UK.

He told host Smiley that stars such as Idris Elba and David Oyelowo thrive in America more than in their home country – and pointed to films like Selma and 12 Years A Slave,

‘It’s an even playing field. [These actors] paid their dues for years by just doing beautiful performances. I think as far as colored actors go it gets really difficult in the UK.’

After Benedict (who to be fair did make some valid points) dropped the ‘C’ bomb Twitter exploded. But the ‘shaken’ star has since issued the following apology:

‘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.’

Fellow British actor and friend David Oyelowo has also defended Benedict. Speaking at the UK premiere of ‘Selma’,David told BBC Newsbeat:

“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.”


I wondered how long it would be before a black British actor defended Benedict. 

As for posh boy Benedict, well I find it odd that a man of his age is still using such a dated term. However I  suspect that up until the backlash he had been using that term amongst his circle of friends and family for years.

Still it could have been worse, he could have used the term ‘negroid’.

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January 2015
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