Julie Delpy Apologizes for Saying ‘I Wish I Were African American’
Actress and writer Julie Delpy says she’s “very sorry for how I expressed myself” in comments made at Sundance Film Festival on Friday about diversity in Hollywood. She clarified her thoughts to Entertainment Weekly on Saturday:
“It was never meant to diminish the injustice done to African-American artists or to any other people that struggle for equal opportunities and rights, on the contrary. All I was trying to do is to address the issues of inequality of opportunity in the industry for women as well (as I am a woman). I never intended to underestimate anyone else’s struggle! We should stay alert and united and support each other to change this unfair reality and don’t let anyone sabotage our common efforts by distorting the truth,” she said in a statement. “Again I’m so sorry for this unfortunate misunderstanding, people who know me, know very well that I can’t stand inequality and injustice of any kind.”
Delpy was apologizing for the way her comments in The Wrap came across.
Asked about the current state of Hollywood demographics, she told The Wrap‘s Jeff Sneider, “Two years ago, I said something about the Academy being very white male, which is the reality, and I was slashed to pieces by the media. It’s funny — women can’t talk. I sometimes wish I were African American because people don’t bash them afterward.”
She continued, “It’s the hardest to be a woman. Feminists is something people hate above all. Nothing worse than being a woman in this business. I really believe that.”
Meanwhile nglish actress Charlotte Rampling is now backpedaling on comments she made Friday about diversity in the Oscars. A current Oscar nominee herself, Rampling had previously made the comment that the #OscarsSoWhite campaign (a movement focused on increasing diversity within the Academy Awards) is “racist against whites.” Supporters of the movement and critics alike have taken to the internet to criticize her comments.
The #OscarsSoWhite campaign has gathered enough momentum that the Academy has begun to change its rules in order to increase diversity among membership acceptance. “The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” Academy president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs stated. She went on to say that the new procedures would be implemented in a timely manner, with a focus on both members’ and board members’ quality and diversity.
Following the backlash of her comments, Rampling has since released a late-night clarification to her wildly controversial statement saying she was, “highly encouraged by the changes announced today by the academy to diversify membership.” “I regret that my comments could have been misinterpreted,” Rampling said, “i simply meant to say that in an ideal world, every performance will equal opportunities for consideration.”
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