During a segment about the rumored casting of Zendaya as Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming” film, “Good Morning America” host Amy Robach attempted to discuss recent controversies about diversity in Hollywood when she accidentally sparked a controversy herself.
“We all know,” she said, “Hollywood has received recently quite a bit of criticism for casting white actors in what one might assume should be a role reserved for colored people.”
She was referring to the white-washing of films like “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” “The Last Airbender,” “A Mighty Heart,” and “The Lone Ranger,” to name but a few, but her point fell by the wayside because of how she made it:
@arobach did you just say??? #gma #coloredpeople pic.twitter.com/f8mjjsWeGw
— Mr Sinister (@Csampson71) August 22, 2016
In her statement to the Associated Press, Robach insisted that she “mistakenly said ‘colored people’ instead of ‘people of color,’” calling it “a mistake and…not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life.”