Benedict Cumberbatch apologises for ‘coloured’ remark

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who was criticised for using racist term ‘coloured’ to address black actors on a talk show, has issued an apology for his controversial remark.

“I’m devastated to have caused offence by using this outmoded terminology. I offer my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done,” the 38-year-old said in a statement, reports  “I can only hope this incident will highlight the need for correct usage terminology that is accurate and inoffensive.,” he added.

Cumberbatch made the controversial remark last week when he appeared on the show Tavis Smiley.  Asked about black British actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo, who starred in 12 Years a Slave and Selma, he said: “I think as far as coloured actors go, it gets really different in Britain, and a lot of my friends have had more opportunities here (in the US) than in Britain, and that’s something that needs to change.”
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