Charlotte Rampling Clarifies ‘Racist to Whites’ Oscar Comment: I Was ‘Misinterpreted’

ramplingActress Charlotte Rampling made some controversial remarks about the #OscarsSoWhite backlash this week, and today she released a statement saying she was “misinterpreted.”

Rampling, who received an Oscar nomination for her role in the film 45 Years, said in a radio interview that the push for more diversity in Hollywood is “racist to whites.”

She said, “One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list.”

Well, Rampling sent a statement to CBS News’ Sunday Morning not apologizing, but instead saying, “I regret that my comments could have been misinterpreted this week in my interview with Europe 1 Radio.”

Here’s her explanation:

“I simply meant to say that in an ideal world every performance will be given equal opportunities for consideration. I am very honored to be included in this year’s wonderful group of nominated actors and actresses.”

She went on to praise the Academy’s announcement today that they’re going to try and boost diversity efforts by 2020.

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