Hollywood continues to struggle with issues of diversity and Meryl Streep isn’t helping. When asked about the all-white film jury at the Berlin International Film Festival, the actress dismissed questions about race by telling reporters that, “we’re all Africans really.”
Streep, who heads the festival film jury for the first time, said she’s focused on including people “of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions.” “There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, and after all we’re all from Africa originally,” she says, per The Globe and Mail. “Berliners, we’re all Africans really.”
“This jury is evidence that at least women are included and in fact dominate this jury, and that’s an unusual situation in bodies of people who make decisions,” Streep says. “So I think the Berlinale is ahead of the game.”
The Berlin International Film Festival is one of Europe’s major film festivals. It may be "ahead of the game" by promoting women but in regards to race? Dead last.