Twitter Reacts: Amy Robach “Colored People” Remark On ‘Good Morning America’
“Good Morning America” co-anchor Amy Robach used the term “colored people” on Monday’s episode of the morning news show, and people on social media are now criticizing the journalist over her choice of words. See Twitter reactions below.
During a segment about diversity in Hollywood, Robach noted that the entertainment industry “has received quite a bit of criticism for casting white actors in what one might assume should be a role for colored people.” The news anchor later apologized for using the outdated phrase, which was once used to describe African-Americans, but is no longer considered an appropriate term. Robach explained she made a “mistake” and meant to say “people of color,” further insisting the incident is “not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life.”
Immediately after the segment aired, Twitter was quick to point out Robach’s use of the offensive term, with one person writing, “Did that fool just say ‘colored people’? Are we in the 60s? WTH?” Another user similarly wrote, “First time in a while I turn on #gma and I hear @arobach say ‘colored people’ in a story. So apparently I woke up in the 1950s.” And another person tweeted, “Someone from @GMA should probably tell @arobach we don’t say ‘colored’ people anymore in 2016. Shame on you.”
Meanwhile, one Twitter user wrote that Robach “gets a pass this time,” but added, “If she says [colored people] again I’ll have to find a new a.m. program to watch.” Still, another shocked user expressed, “Colored people? Really? @GMA PLEASE educate your journalist! Mistake? Let’s hope so.”