Charlotte Rampling walks back incendiary Oscars comments

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Oscar-nominated acting legend Charlotte Rampling made quite a few people angry on Friday when she declared that all of the controversy surrounding the extreme whiteness of this year's Academy Awards was "racist" towards white people. (…)

Rampling seemed quite sure of herself when she made that comment in a French radio interview, adding, "One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list." That charming analysis done, she presumably left the chat in high spirits.


One massive backlash later, though, and Rampling was singing a different tune. In a statement to CBS News on Friday night, she claimed that her comments had been "misinterpreted." What she really meant, she said, was that "in an ideal world every performance will be given equal opportunities for consideration." She also pronounced herself "highly encouraged" by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decision to try and aggressively diversify its membership.

Oh, so that's what "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?" meant.


Note: the Oscars air on ABC, which is a parent company of Fusion.