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Benedict CumberBatch Not Racist, Just Yearning For ‘Colonial Times’.

Coloured, seriously? Is The Raj still around? Silly and totally outdated term to use.

Benedict Cumberbatch says he was an “idiot” to refer to non-white actors as “coloured”.

The Academy Award-nominated actor used the word on PBS talk show Tavis Smiley last week while discussing diversity in the entertainment industry.

He said that “as far as coloured actors go,” there were more opportunities in the US than Britain, “and that’s something that needs to change”.

He went on to say: “Something’s gone wrong, we’re not being representative enough in our culture of different races and that really does need to step up a pace.

“I don’t want to get into any debates about that, but it’s clear when you see certain migratory patterns that there are more opportunities here than in the UK.”

Cumberbatch also mentioned comedian Lenny Henry, who launched a campaign last year calling for a greater presence of people of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background in the British broadcasting industry. The 38-year-old actor described him as a “a real force for good”.

British anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card said it welcomed Cumberbatch’s comments on diversity but felt the term he used was “outdated”.

“The lack of representation of people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds within certain industries in the UK is an issue which needs addressing, and we are pleased that Benedict has spoken out in support of more appropriate representation and of the views of actors and campaigners like Lenny Henry,” the charity said.

“In doing so, he has also inadvertently highlighted the issue of appropriate terminology and the evolution of language. Show Racism the Red Card feel that the term ‘coloured’ is now outdated and has the potential to cause offence due to the connotations associated with the term and its historical usage.


WATCH – ‘Turbo Kid’ Trailer.

Looks fab fun.



Demis Roussos Dies Aged 68.

Demis, Ivan Rebroff and Kamahl haunted my youth.

Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, has died aged 68, the Hygeia Hospital in Athens has confirmed to the BBC.

He was best known for his solo hits in the 1970s and 80s, including Forever and Ever, Goodbye and Quand je t’aime.

He was also a member of progressive rock group Aphrodite’s Child.

Roussos was renowned for his off-screen role in Mike Leigh’s 1977 TV play Abigail’s Party, having provided the party’s soundtrack.

He had been in the private hospital with an undisclosed illness for some time.

His Aphrodite’s Child bandmate Vangelis paid tribute in a statement that begins: “Demis my friend.

“I have just arrived in London and I’ve been told that you decide to take the long voyage, I’m shocked because I can’t believe that this happened so soon.

“Nature gave you this magic voice of yours which made millions of people around the world very happy.”


Sam Smith Settles Plagiarism Suit With Tom Petty And Jeff Lynne By Coughing Up.

There goes his Grammy.

High-voiced British crooner Sam Smith has agreed to pay royalties to Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne for Smith’s hit single “Stay With Me.” First released back in April, the third single off of Smith’s album In The Lonely Hour reached No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. However, the song does bear more than a passing resemblance to a Tom Petty tune—specifically, “I Won’t Back Down,” off of 1989’s Full Moon Fever. As a result, Petty and Lynne will now receive a writing credit for the track, which is up for Best Pop Performance and Record of the Year at next month’s Grammy awards.



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