A news anchor for ABC News used a racially insensitive term this week that was used during segregation.
Amy Robach, co-host of “Good Morning America,” apologized after being slammed on social media on Monday for saying “colored people” on television, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
“This morning during a segment about Hollywood casting, I mistakenly said “colored people” instead of “people of color,” she said in a statement. “I sincerely apologize. It was a mistake and is not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life.”
Robach used the racially insensitive term when she was referring to Zendaya’s recent casting as Mary Jane in the new "Spider-Man" remake movie.
“Now 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.
“Colored people” was a phrase used during the time of segregation and many people of color find that label to be a racial slur.
Zendaya is a singer/actress with a mixed-race background and the role that she will be portraying in the movie is traditionally played by white actresses.
After saying “colored people” in her segment, Robach asked Larry Hackett, People magazine’s managing editor, if the casting is “potentially the industry trying to right itself.”
Social media users bashed the “Good Morning America” co-host on Twitter saying that her phrase is “highly offensive.”
This isn’t the first time that Zendaya has been hit with racist remarks by television hosts.
Last year, “Fashion Police” host Giuliana Rancic apologized to Zendaya for commenting on her dreadlocks at the Oscars.
“I feel like she smells like patchouli oil and weed,” Rancic said on her show on the E! network.
Television hosts such as Robach and Rancic need to think before they speak on television and analyze if what they are saying may offend others.
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