You Won't Believe the Racist Term a Reporter Used to Describe Zendaya and Black Actors

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15:  Actress/singer Zendaya attends The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

You Won't Believe the Racist Term a Reporter Used to Describe Zendaya and Black Actors

Here we go again.

Published August 22, 2016

The term "colored" has not been widely used to address African-Americans for some time due to the heavy racial undertones that come with it. According to the AJC, a Good Morning America host didn't seem to get that memo as she used the term when referencing Black actors in Hollywood during a segment.

"Now, 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," host Amy Robach, an alum of the University of Georgia, said.

Robach was specifically addressing the casting of Zendaya in the role of Mary Jane in the upcoming Spiderman film — a role that was repeatedly played by white actresses in the past.

After viewers of the segment lashed out at the journalist for her offensive and insensitive remark, she released a statement, apologizing for her "mistake."

"This morning, during a segment about Hollywood casting, I mistakenly said 'colored people' instead of 'people of color,"" she said. "I sincerely apologize. It was a mistake and is not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life."

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Written by John Justice

(Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)


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