When asked about the lack of diversity in the film industry, Meryl Streep answered, “We’re all Africans really.”
But, are you really? Being black, African, or African-American is as much about how you perceive yourself and how others perceive you. You don’t have to live based on the perceptions of others, but you have to recognize that their may be consequences or effects as a result of those perceptions.
An Egyptian Reporter asked Streep if she could fully understand films from the Middle East and North Africa, according to USA Today. Meryl Streep confessed she didn’t know much about the areas, but added, “I’ve played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures,” continuing on to say, “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.”
I think Meryl Streep might be taking a bit of a leap, and I hope she isn’t try to say that diversity is already happening because we are all African. Cause that isn’t going to fly. However, I won’t put words in her mouth.
The Berlin Festival’s panel is primarily women, and that speaks a great deal to diversity as women are often representative or portrayed in less than positive ways in media. But, I should note that these are all white women…
A lot of people in the twitter world aren’t too happy about Meryl’s statement that does nothing to help the media’s diversity problem.
She is kind of saying what I said….