February 11, 2016


Meryl Streep at All-White Berlin Film Fest Panel: "We're All Africans, Really"


At the Berlin Film Festival on Thursday, head judge and 19-time Oscar-nominee/three-time winner Meryl Streep had a message for us. Asked by a journalist from Egypt about the jury's all-white makeup, and whether she understands films from North Africa and Arab cultures, she responded: 

"I've played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures. There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, and after all, we're all from Africa originally. Berliners, we're all Africans, really."


Guess she missed Fuse's Michael Caine/Charlotte Rampling–inspired plea for white actors to stop whitesplaining the industry's terrible track record with diversity.

Streep also got into the gender dynamics in the film industry: 

"This jury is evidence that at least women are included. In fact, we dominate this jury. That's an unusual situation in bodies of people that make decisions. So I think the Berlinale [the fest] is ahead of the game."

Hollywood's dearth of diversity has been under an especially intense magnifying glass since all 20 of the Academy Award's 2016 acting nominees were revealed to be white. President Barack Obama, Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'oWill Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have all weighed in on the situation.