Benedict Cumberbatch says he was an "idiot" to refer to non-white actors as "colored." The
Academy Award-nominated actor used the word on PBS talk show "Tavis Smiley" last week
while discussing diversity in the entertainment industry. He said that "as far as colored actors
go," there were more opportunities in the U.S. than Britain, "and that's something that needs
to change."British anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card said it welcomed Cumberbatch's
comments on diversity but felt the term he used was "outdated." In a statement Jan 26,
Cumberbatch apologized for his "thoughtless use of inappropriate language."
He said: "I'm devastated to have caused offence by using this outmoded terminology. I offer
my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done."
Source: US News World Report