‘Good Morning America’ host Amy Robach has apologized for using a racial slur on national television.
While discussing Zendaya Coleman playing the character Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming ‘Spider-Man’ reboot, she used the term “colored people.”
via NY Daily News:
“Now we all 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,” Robach said.
The term, used during segregation, was replaced in the late 1960s by “black” and later by “African-American.”
Many consider the term to be an antiquated, ugly racial slur.
In Spider-Man Mary Jane Watson is a fiery, red-headed character traditionally filled by white actresses, most notably by Kirsten Dunst in several films.
Zendaya has a mixed-race background.
“This morning during a segment about Hollywood casting, I mistakenly said ‘colored people’ instead of ‘people of color,’” Robach said in a statement.
“I sincerely apologize. It was a mistake and is not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life.”
Do you think she meant it?