Good Morning America‘s Amy Robach has issued an apology for using a racial slur on air. Referring to Zendaya’s role in the new Spider-Man: Homecoming, she said, “We all know Hollywood has received recent and quite a bit of criticism for casting white actors in what one might assume should be a role reserved for colored people.” As Entertainment Weekly reports, there was a swift backlash.
— Kisha (@HonnyDipp) August 22, 2016
— Trina Slade-Burks (@dizeimage) August 22, 2016
Amy Robach … please tell you didn't just say "colored people" when discussing roles in 2016!!! Nooooooo Amy!!!#gma#disappointed
— Tan (@TanTan729) August 22, 2016
Responding to the criticism, Robach released a statement apologizing for her use of the outdated term and explaining that she had meant to say “people of color.” She claims her word choice was “a mistake” and “not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life.”
Robach may very well have misspoken, but let’s keep in mind that her job consists primarily of speaking on camera. It’s her responsibility to stay educated to tell her stories properly — and it’s not as if “people of color” is a new term. For someone who spends plenty of time around the news, this is an offensive embarrassment. Robach was subbing for Robin Roberts today on air, further highlighting the need for representation on television. This isn’t a mistake Roberts would have made, but at least we can hope Robach has learned her lesson.
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