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"Good Morning America" host Amy Robach apologizes for discussing the diversity of "colored people" in Hollywood

She told the Associated Press she meant to say "people of color"


Scott Eric Kaufman
August 22, 2016 11:04PM (UTC)

During a segment about the rumored casting of Zendaya as Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming "Spider-Man: Homecoming" film, "Good Morning America" host Amy Robach attempted to discuss recent controversies about diversity in Hollywood when she accidentally sparked a controversy herself.

"We all know," she said, "Hollywood has received recently quite a bit of criticism for casting white actors in what one might assume should be a role reserved for colored people."

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She was referring to the white-washing of films like "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," "The Last Airbender," "A Mighty Heart," and "The Lone Ranger," to name but a few, but her point fell by the wayside because of how she made it:

In her statement to the Associated Press, Robach insisted that she "mistakenly said 'colored people' instead of 'people of color,'" calling it "a mistake and...not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life."


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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