Oscar Nominee Charlotte Rampling: Oscars Controversy Is “Racist To Whites” (AUDIO)
Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling says the ongoing controversy regarding the lack of black Oscars nominations is “racist to whites.”
As Gossip Cop has reported, no black actors were nominated for the Academy Awards when the nominees were announced last week. For the second year in a row, only white actors received nods, including Rampling herself. Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith are now boycotting next month’s ceremony, Spike Lee isn’t attending, and many others have called for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to take steps to increase diversity.
But Rampling is offering a different perspective. The British actress, who just received her first-ever nomination for her critically-acclaimed leading role in 45 Years, was asked to weigh in during an interview on France’s Radio 1. “It is racist to whites,” she said.
“One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list,” argued Rampling. Asked if the Academy should have race quotas, she answered, “Why classify people? These days everyone is more or less accepted… People will always say, ‘Him, he’s less handsome,’ ‘Him, he’s too black,’ ‘He is too white.'”
She continued, “Someone will always be saying ‘You are too’ [this or that] … But do we have to take from this that there should be lots of minorities everywhere?” But when the interview said that blacks are pointing out that they are treated as a minority in the film industry, Rampling gave a “no comment.”
Rampling’s comments have led her to become a trending topic on Twitter, where people are debating her remarks. The key part of the interview can be listened to below, although it is in French.
UPDATE: Rampling told CBS’ “Sunday Morning” on Friday night, “I regret that my comments could have been misinterpreted this week in my interview with Europe 1 Radio. I simply meant to say that in an ideal world every performance will be given equal opportunities for consideration. I am very honored to be included in this year’s wonderful group of nominated actors and actresses.” NOTE: The video is no longer available.