Benedict Cumberbatch has apologised after he used the term ‘coloured’ to describe black actors, admitting he had been “an idiot”.
The Sherlock actor had come under fire from anti-austerity campaigners after he used the controversial term when discussing the problems facing ambitious young actors in Britain.
He told the PBS talk show Tavis Smiley in the US: “I think as far as coloured actors go, it gets really different in the UK, and a lot of my friends have had more opportunities here [in the US] than in the UK, and that’s something that needs to change.
“Something’s gone wrong, we’re not representative enough in our culture of different races and that really does need to step up a pace.”
His overall message was applauded by the anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card. However the campaign condemned the actor’s use of the word “coloured” to refer to people from ethnic minorities.
The terminally aggrieved will always find something to complain about.
In my lifetime alone we’ve gone from Negro to coloured and or black to African American and what’s the latest one, people of colour? The particular phrase du jour used to describe melanin enhancement matters very little. Other than as a marker of whether you’re hip to the terminally aggrieved or not.