Meryl Streep Says 'We're All Africans, Really' -- Perfect! Diversity Problem Solved

Did you know Meryl Streep thinks you're African? Meryl Streep thinks she's African, too, and that "we're all Africans, really." Meryl Streep also thinks that's a pretty good reason why the Berlin International Film Festival's film jury was all white this year (a jury that she was in charge of selecting, by the way). 


As sad as it is, this isn't even an instance of a celeb's words being twisted out of context: It's really, disturbingly clear that that's exactly what Meryl meant to say. Given where we're at with diversity in Hollywood and #OscarsSoWhite, it's particularly dumb. And offensive. And racist.

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According to the Associated Press, an Egyptian reporter asked Meryl whether she could understand films from North Africa and the Middle East. Given that she's a rich white woman from New Jersey, it's a fair question. But instead of talking about the challenges of educating oneself about another culture, she said that she didn't know much about the region, and added:

I've played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures. There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, and after all, we're all from Africa originally. You know, we're all ... Berliners, we're all Africans, really.

Okay! So first of all, no. Besides making little to no practical sense, Meryl's comments totally disregard race itself and all the cultural and experiential differences that come with being black or brown or whatever you are. That's not fair. It's so not fair, it's annoying we have to talk about this at all. 

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We want to love her, but honestly, it's getting harder -- this isn't the first time she's been insensitive and tone-deaf. Meryl is the whitest of the white feminists, and we're more interested in giving our love to feminists actively supporting all women, not just white women, you know?

You can be better, Meryl. So do it.


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