Meryl Streep claims "we're all Africans, really": Twitter erupts over her absurd attempt to deflect diversity criticism

The backlash was swift and merciless at Streep's tone-deaf defense of the lack of diversity on Berlin fest jury

Published February 11, 2016 4:44PM (EST)

 ((AP Photo/Craig Ruttle))
((AP Photo/Craig Ruttle))

Meryl Streep—responding to criticism that the Berlin International Film Festival jury she heads is entirely whitewashed—reportedly said, “[W]e’re all Africans really.”

“This jury is evidence that at least women are included and in fact dominate this jury, and that's an unusual situation in bodies of people who make decisions,” Streep added.

This is not the first time Streep has caught flak for racial insensitivity disguised as feminism. Last October, Streep and fellow “Sufragette” stars were featured donning “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave” shirts on the cover of Time Out London.

And just like the last time, Twitter is not pulling any punches:

Meryl Streep Gives Curious Answer to Diversity Issue

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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