Charlotte Rampling, the acclaimed veteran British actress who finally earned her first Oscar nomination this year, said that the outrage over the lack of diversity at the Oscars is “racist to whites.”
“One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list,” Rampling continued, speaking in French. She also said that many need to stop classifying people and was strongly against the idea of quotas – which Spike Lee brought up this week.
“Why classify people? These days everyone is more or less accepted,” she said. “People will always say: ‘Him, he’s less handsome’; ‘Him, he’s too black’; ‘He is too white’ … someone will always be saying ‘You are too’ [this or that] … But do we have to take from this that there should be lots of minorities everywhere?”
Rampling was already a long-shot to win the Oscar for 45 Years, as Room’s Brie Larson is widely expected to win Best Actress. But her comments today probably didn’t help her cause, Many on Twitter were stunned by her comments.
THE BIG SHORT is the story of a group of free-thinking outsiders who made millions by betting against Charlotte Rampling winning an Oscar.
— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) January 22, 2016
Charlotte Rampling…. How utterly depressing. And ignorant.
— Sally Abbott (@SallyAbbott3) January 22, 2016
I’m guessing Charlotte Rampling’s first Oscar nomination isn’t going to turn into a first Oscar win then.
— GPB (@gpb1979) January 22, 2016
Exclusive footage of Charlotte Rampling’s publicist this morning: pic.twitter.com/zMMyFqH8hm
— Matt Barone (@MBarone) January 22, 2016
Oh, Charlotte Rampling. Wow. 😳
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 22, 2016