Meryl Streep has added to the recent Oscars diversity race row after”dismissing” a race issue by saying “we are all Africans really”.
She made these comments at The Berlin International Film Festival, where she was asked about the fact she was chairing an all-white panel.
She added that the festival is determined to include “all genders, races, ethnicities, religions.” Its 2016 jury is made up of seven white people: actor Lars Eidinger, British film critic Nick James, French photographer Brigitte Lacombe, British actor Clive Owen, Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher and Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska.
The actor was also asked by an Egyptian reporter if she “understood films from the Arab world and North Africa,” according to AP.
Meryl Streep responded by saying: “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,” she said. “Berliners, we’re all Africans, really.”