David Oyelowo: Substance Over Sound Bites

Source: BBC News

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Cumberbatch controversy is ridiculous, says Selma star David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo has defended fellow British actor and friend, Benedict Cumberbatch, for using the term “coloured” during an interview.

Cumberbatch has apologised and said he was “devastated to have caused offence” after using the word on a US TV show to describe black actors.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” Selma star Oyelowo told Newsbeat. “When you look at what he was actually saying it’s clear that he’s a huge supporter of black performers.”

David Oyelowo was speaking at the UK premiere of Selma, in which he stars as 1960s civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. Cumberbatch mentioned David Oyelowo and Chiwetel Ejiofor as part of a wider discussion with US talk show host Tavis Smiley about diversity in the film industry.

“To attack him for a term, as opposed to what he was actually saying, I think is very disingenuous and is indicative of the age we live in where people are looking for sound bites as opposed to substance.”

… Oyelowo suggested there needed to be more diversity among people with the power to finance and get films made.

“Excellence is the best weapon against prejudice. I intend to be part of the solution and not the problem. You’ve just got to keep on banging out good performances.” (Continued at the source.)

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