Amy Robach has been covering stories for many years as a journalist for major shows such as ABC News, Good Morning America, NBC News, the Today show and 20/20. You’d think she’d know a thing or two about being culturally sensitive but, apparently, she is still learning.
Comic fans have been in an uproar over the fact that Zendaya, an African-American actress, is being considered to play love interest, Mary Jane, in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
In discussing the controversy on Good Morning America, Robach 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.”
Hmmmm. It’s no surprise that there was an immediate reaction on Twitter to her use of the term “colored people,” which, of course, most people find pretty offensive.
Robach issued a statement apologizing for her choice of words saying: “This morning during a segment about Hollywood casting, I mistakenly said ‘colored people’ instead of ‘people of color.’ I sincerely apologize. It was a mistake and is not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life.”
Seriously, does anyone believe it’s “not at all a reflection” of how she normally speaks? Why would those words just magically flow from her mouth so easily?
Oh well. At least, she apologized!