Meryl Streep is trending on Twitter today, but unfortunately, it's not for something good.
Streep was the jury president at the Berlin Film Festival opening day on Thursday, where she covered topics relating to equality and diversity, saying she was committed to the inclusion of all "genders, races, ethnicities, religion," Page Six reports.
"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," Streep said. "So I think the Berlinale is ahead of the game."
But according to the publication, when Streep was asked by an Egyptian reporter whether she understood films from the Arab world and North Africa, she gave a controversial response.
"I've played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures," she began.
"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."
But Twitter does not agree, and Streep's comments have created an uproar.
meryl streep why did u have to say that think of all the things u could have said rather than that given ur status OH MY GOD— eloise (@teenplath) February 11, 2016
"We're all Africans, really." -- Meryl Streep really? I think it's time to leave the room.— Stukie (@DocStukie) February 11, 2016
I want to be shocked by what Meryl Streep said, but she's an older white woman. Shame she can't be Barack Obama in his life story anymore.— Kanye Pest (@CorporateBarbie) February 11, 2016
So Meryl Streep: "We're all africans" "I'm not a feminist because I love men"— Ethel (@Ethelmonster) February 11, 2016
WHO DROPPED MERYL STREEP ON HER HEAD
Some are even calling for her retirement from Hollywood.
I'm gonna need Meryl Streep to just retire or shut up because she's ruining everything.— Amadi (@amaditalks) February 11, 2016
While others want her to weigh in on the Bill Cosby case.
Now I want to hear from Meryl Streep on the Cosby question.— Glenn Whidden (@GlennWhidden) February 11, 2016
However, there are some people who are still rooting for the actress and think everyone is overreacting.
Meryl Streep is bae so I'm just going to look the other wat this time...— Air-Rum (@__aarum) February 11, 2016
Meryl Streep is great, people need to stop crying over every little thing.— Deus ex (@ProjectCreate64) February 11, 2016
UPDATE Feb. 25: Streep penned an essay for The Huffington Post defending her statement: "I was not minimizing difference, but emphasizing the invisible connection empathy enables, a thing so central to the fact of being human, and what art can do: convey another person's experience."
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