Nigerian-British star, David Oyelowo, has come out in defence of actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who came under criticism for using the term “coloured” to describe black people in an interview.
David, who plays Martin Luther King Jr in Selma, said at the film’s European premiere in London that people should focus on what the 12 Years A Slave star was saying – rather than the terminology he used.
Discussing diversity in the entertainment industry, Benedict said last week on a TV show that “as far as coloured actors go,” there were more opportunities in the US than Britain. “And that’s something that needs to change,” he said.
The actor later said sorry for his “thoughtless use of inappropriate language”. He said he was “devastated to have caused offence by using this outmoded terminology”.
“In relation to Benedict it’s definitely gone too far in terms of political correctness,” David Oyelowo said, when asked about his comment.
“He was actually being very supportive of the likes of me, and other black actors and actresses – we do have greater opportunities in the US in relation to the UK.
“We use the term ‘people of colour’ in America. Is that immensely different to what he said? I don’t think so, just focus on what he was trying to say.”