Actress Charlotte Rampling said her remarks about a possible boycott of the Oscars due to a lack of diversity in nominations being “racist to white people” were misinterpreted.
“I regret that my comments could have been misinterpreted this week in my interview with Europe 1 Radio. I simply meant to say that in an ideal world every performance will be given equal opportunities for consideration,” she told “CBS Sunday Morning” in an interview. ” I am very honored to be included in this year’s wonderful group of nominated actors and actresses.”
Rampling was earlier asked about calls for a boycott of the Oscar ceremony during an interview with France’s Europe 1 Radio and said the move would be “racist to white people.”
An interview between Rampling and CBS News correspondent Anthony Mason is slated to appear during this Sunday’s broadcast of the show. In the interview with Europe 1 Radio, Rampling was asked about a movement to boycott the awards that has grown since actors Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith and director Spike Lee have indicated they would not attend this year’s Oscars ceremonies.
“Diversity in our industry is an important issue that needs to be addressed,” the actress said during the interview, selections of which were provided by CBS News. “I am highly encouraged by the changes announced today by the Academy to diversify its membership.”
She has been nominated for her work in the British film “45 Years.”