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    Streep On Diversity: We're All Africans Really

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    Meryl Streep has dismissed questions about the all-white panel at the Berlin Film Festival by telling reporters that "we're all Africans really".

    Streep, who is heading the jury for the first time, said she was committed to equality and the inclusion of "all genders, race, ethnicities, religions".

    "This jury is evidence that at least women are included and in fact dominate this jury, and that's an unusual situation in bodies of people who make decisions," The Iron Lady actress said.

    "So I think the Berlinale is ahead of the game."



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    Asked by an Egyptian reporter whether she understood films from the Arab world and North Africa, Streep said that while she did not know much about the region, "I've played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures".

    "There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, and after all we're all from Africa originally," she added.

    "Berliners, we're all Africans really."

    The questions were put to the triple Oscar winner as the debate about the lack of diversity among this year's Academy Award nominees continues.

    Some stars are boycotting the 28 February ceremony because they believe the industry has overlooked talented black people.

    The seven-member jury at Berlin will choose the winners of the Golden Bear and various Silver Bear awards at the first of the year's major European movie festivals.

    The festival is opening with the Coen brothers' comedy Hail Caesar! starring George Clooney and Josh Brolin.

    Eighteen movies are in contention for the Golden Bear prize at the festival, which is in its 66th year and runs from 11 to 21 February.



    Meryl Streep Says 'Everyone Is African' At Berlin International Film Festival



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    Meryl Streep Defends All-White Judge Panel - The Drop Presented by ADD

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    Nice, nebulous limo liberal comment from Meryl.
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    Meryl Streep is one of our most accomplished African-American actors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    Meryl Streep is one of our most accomplished African-American actors.
    Look how well she can play a white lady. Stuff of dreams.
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    has she issued a double talk statement yet to try to get out of this??
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    Supposedly, she is going to make some kind of statement as soon as she finishes her acceptance speech at the BET Image Awards.
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    She thinks she's black because she was in Out of Africa?

    Uhh hahhd a faahhhhm eeen Ahhhhfrreeeka...
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    I think Don Cornelius deserves a little credit for discovering her dancing on Soul Train and recommending her to Michael Cimino for The Deer Hunter.
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    Looking at her chola-shaped eyebrows, maybe she is Latina instead of African?
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    Technically, she is correct. Human life did begin in Africa, so we are all descendants somehow....
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    She sounded so pompous, though...did you hear her? Talking down to people like....wow.
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    so what if we're all africans? she's white. she's not living the black experience and african american doesn't apply to her in the modern definition.
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    Not the most elegant answer obviously but what was the point of asking her that question? to try and shame her? Hey white lady, how come there's no black people up there with you? Isn't that a question for the organizers?

    I think it made her uncomfortable being on the spot like that so she let some nonsense dribble out of her mouth (as Bitter said, her limo liberal showed).
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