White actress backtracks on comment about Oscars’ snub of Black actors

Julie Delpy
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They say all publicity is good publicity but French Actress Julie Delpy is quickly learning that sentiment not to be true.

On Friday, the two-time Oscar nominee told The Wrap that she made a fuss about the lack of diversity in the voting academy two years ago, then went on to explain that she believes women in general are discriminated against more than African-Americans.

“Two years ago, I said something about the Academy being very white male, which is the reality, and I was slashed to pieces by the media,” she said. “It’s funny — women can’t talk. I sometimes wish I were African-American, because people don’t bash them afterward. It’s the hardest to be a woman. Feminists is something people hate above all. Nothing worse than being a woman in this business. I really believe that.”

It didn’t take long for Delpy’s remarks to make the rounds and be picked up by news outlets across the country. After catching wind of the collective side eye she was getting from all over the country, Delpy was quick to try and clarify exactly what she meant in a statement given to Entertainment Weekly yesterday:

“I’m very sorry for how I expressed myself. It was never meant to diminish the injustice done to African American artists or to any other people that struggle for equal opportunities and rights, on the contrary. All I was trying to do is to address the issues of inequality of opportunity in the industry for women as well (as I am a woman). I never intended to underestimate anyone else’s struggle! We should stay alert and united and support each other to change this unfair reality and don’t let anyone sabotage our common efforts by distorting the truth. Again I’m so sorry for this unfortunate misunderstanding, people who know me, know very well that I can’t stand inequality and injustice of any kind.”

Is it just us or does Ms. Delpy need more people?

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