Charlotte Rampling Clarifies Her Comment About Oscars Boycott Being ‘Racist to Whites’

Charlotte Rampling
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Charlotte Rampling is clarifying her comment about boycotting the Academy Awards because of the lack of non-white nominees. The 45 Years star, who is nominated for best actress for her role in the film, explained in a statement to CBS News’ Sunday Morning on Friday, January 22, that what she said to Europe 1 Radio was misinterpreted. 

During an interview with the French radio network earlier in the day, the British star, 69, said that boycotting the Oscars is “racist to whites.” She added, “one can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list.”

"I regret that my comments could have been misinterpreted this week in my interview with Europe 1 Radio. I simply meant to say that in an ideal world every performance will be given equal opportunities for consideration. I am very honored to be included in this year's wonderful group of nominated actors and actresses,” her statement read. "Diversity in our industry is an important issue that needs to be addressed. I am highly encouraged by the changes announced today by the Academy to diversify its membership."

Rampling’s clarification comes after some blasted her comments, including former first daughter Chelsea Clinton. "Outrageous, ignorant & offensive comments from Rampling,” Clinton tweeted.

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Following the outcry from celebrities such as Jada Pinkett Smith, George Clooney and Spike Lee, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' board of governors released a statement vowing to double its minority and female membership by the 2020 Oscars.

Others are viewing the #OscarsSoWhite controversy differently. According to Oscar-winning producer Gerald Molen, those complaining are “spoiled brats.”

"There is no racism except for those who create an issue,” Molen, who is a voting member of the Academy, told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement on Thursday. “That is the worst kind. Using such an ugly way of complaining.”

"The idea of a boycott is ridiculous," the Schindler’s List producer added. "Are their noses bent out of shape by the award nominations? Of course. That is normal in a town of egos and red carpet desires. While there were many performances of note, not all my choices for 'best' in the various categories have been realized."

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