Benedict Cumberbatch has issued an apology after using the term "colored" in a discussion about the lack of opportunities for black actors in the UK.

While appearing on PBS's The Tavis Smiley Show, Benedict—oh, Benedict—spoke about the difficulties black actors face in the UK compared to the US:

"I think as far as colored actors go, it gets really different in the UK, and a lot of my friends have had more opportunities [in America] than in the UK, and that's something that needs to change."

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Cumberbatch—actor who seems most likely to use the term "colored," really, if you had to guess—received immediate criticism for using the outdated term. Anti-racism educational charity Show Racism the Red Card spoke to The Independent about the gaffe, noting that although Cumberbatch highlighted an important issue in the entertainment industry, "he has also inadvertently highlighted the issue of appropriate terminology and the evolution of language."

Cumberbatch later issued a statement apologizing for his use of the term:

"I'm devastated to have caused offense by using this outmoded terminology. I offer my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done."

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