Good Morning America Anchor Apologizes for Saying ‘Colored People’ During Broadcast
Good Morning America anchor Amy Robach was criticized after she used an outmoded term for American-Americans Monday morning during a segment about the upcoming Spider-Man movie.
The GMA crew was discussing the potential casting of mixed-race actress Zendaya to portray the historically white and red-haired Mary Jane Watson. All agreed the casting was a good one, and a step forward for minority casting.
“We know Hollywood has received recent and quite a bit of criticism for casting white actors in what one might assume should be a role reserved for colored people,” pointed out Robach. “Is this potentially the industry trying to right itself doing something right?”
Unsurprisingly, Robach’s comments did not go over well on social media.
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Afterwards, Robach apologized and said she intended to say the more inoffensive “people of color.” In a statement to AP, she called the slip-up “a mistake” and “not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life.”
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