Charlotte Rampling Under Fire for Saying Oscar Diversity Backlash Is ‘Racist to Whites’

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h no she didn’t…oh yes, she did.

Charlotte Rampling has proclaimed that the backlash over the lack of diversity at the Oscars is “racist to whites.”

The 69-year-old Oscar nominee (who’s up for Best Actress for her role in Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years), continued to say, much to our antipathy, “One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list.”

It goes on.

When asked by the interviewer if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should institute quotas, she replied:

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’ … 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?

Lastly, when explained by the interviewer that black members of the film industry feel like a minority, Rampling replied “No comment.”

Her words come from an interview on Friday morning (Jan. 22) with French radio network Europe 1, and were translated from French by The Guardian.

Rampling is one of twenty all-white nominees competing for the top honors at the Academy Awards. In the Best Actress category, she is up against Brie Larson (Room), Cate Blanchett (Carol), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn).

Since the nominations have been announced, a number of celebrities such as Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Spike Lee, Lupita Nyongo, George Clooney, and Mark Ruffalo have spoken out against the lack of diversity (or in Pinkett Smith and Lee’s case, chosen to not attend this year’s ceremony as a way of boycotting).

[The Guardian]