Friday, May 24, 2024

Oscar Nominee Charlotte Rampling on Controversy: “It’s Racist to Whites”


Call it Rambling with Rampling: Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling pretty much said the wrong thing today on French radio. When questioned about the Oscar controversy and Spike Lee’s boycott, Rampling said of the whole thing: “It is racist for whites.”

Rampling — nominated for her fine, understated work in “45 Years,” may not realize white actors cannot really say such a thing. She has certainly added fuel to the fire. Her lack of empathy for the situation is going to backfire in a big way.

Here’s the Google translate from the radio station’s website:

She added:

“You never know if it was really the case. But perhaps the black players do not deserve to be in the final stretch , “added the actress. Questioned on possible quotas, she replied: ” Why classify people ? We live still in the country now where everyone is more or less accepted … There is always problematic , ” it is less beautiful”, ” him, he ‘s too black “, ” it is too white ” … it is always someone to say ” you are too ” … So we’ll say ” we will classify all that to do lots of minorities everywhere “? ” .

And when the reporter explains that the black community in the film industry , feels like a minority , she draws a simple ” no comment” …

Oy vey.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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