America got a rude awakening Monday when Good Morning America co-host Amy Robach used the term "colored people" on the air. Robach was discussing diversity in Hollywood with attention to the Spider-Man: Homecoming cast and Zendaya's rumored lead role.
"Colored" was previously used to refer to black people in a pre-Civil Rights, still-segregated America and is seen now as a racial slur.
Prior to her controversial remark in the segment, Robach noted how Hollywood's been criticized for whitewashing films by casting white people in roles meant for people of color. In this case, she was ponting out how Zendaya was rumored to be playing Mary Jane Watson in next year's Spider-Man: Homecoming, despite the "MJ" role being white and previously being played by Kirsten Dunst, a white woman.
"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," Robach said. "Could this potentially be the industry trying to right itself?"
People quickly took notice of what Robach said and voiced their outrage.
Amy Robach ... please tell you didn't just say "colored people" when discussing roles in 2016!!! Nooooooo Amy!!!#gma#disappointed— Tan (@TanTan729) August 22, 2016
Robach released a statement after the show, the Associated Press reported, clarifying that it was a "mistake" because she intended to say "people of color." According to the Associated Press, Robach said the remark was "not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life."
This year Marvel will bring Doctor Strange to the big screen with Tilda Swinton, who is white, playing a role meant that in the original comics belonged to an Asian man. These conversations about diversity in different industries clearly still needs to continue.