Charlotte Rampling Causes Controversy with Oscars Comments
Veteran actress Charlotte Rampling has sparked uproar by declaring the celebrity-backed boycott of the 2016 Academy Awards is “racist to whites.” The British star was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in 45 Years when the shortlist was announced on January 14, but the nominations hit headlines for all the wrong reasons after it emerged no black stars had been recognized in the main acting categories.
The omission marks the second consecutive year the Oscars has been deemed a “white” affair, and many stars have announced they will not watch or attend the show, including Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee leading the charge. Rampling has now come under fire after wading into the debate and making a series of controversial comments about the boycott. The 69-year-old told French radio station Europe 1 she believes the #OscarsSoWhite campaign and boycott “is racist to whites,” adding, “One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list.” She also disagreed with the idea of introducing quotas to awards shows, saying, “Why classify people? These days everyone is more or less accepted… 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?” When the interviewer tells Rampling black actors feel like they are in a minority, she replied, “No comment.” The actress’ comments sparked a furor on social media, with many fans condemning her remarks and branding her an “idiot.” Newsman Piers Morgan even weighed in on the furor, tweeting, “MISSING: a set of marbles. If found, please return to Charlotte Rampling.” Rampling will compete against Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, and Saoirse Ronan for the Best Actress prize on February 28.