Meryl Streep sparks widespread outrage with comments about Africans

She was meant to talk about minorities in the film industry but Meryl Streep has proverbially put her foot in

She was meant to talk about minorities in the film industry but Meryl Streep has proverbially put her foot in it, say critics.

The Oscar-winner has claimed we are all Africans, whilst speaking at a press conference to promote her position as the jury president of the Berlin film festival, reports the Guardian.

“I’ve played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures,” she said, when asked about diversity. “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”.

Her comments come after her latest film Suffragette was criticised for a racially insensitive photo shoot that included Streep and other actors from the film dressed in T-shirts that said: “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave”.

Twitter and social media have since gone into overdrive over her comments, with many expressing their outrage at her poor use of words.

“You’d think Meryl Streep would be smarter than to say “We’re all Africans, really” in any context, but alas,” said @Jamil Smith.


The debate caused from this comment looks like it will be huge. Tell us, do you think what Meryl said was that bad? Or does she need to apologise?

  1. I’m not sure what the fuss is about. It is a well known fact that the first woman was “Eve” and she was African. We all have some of Eve’s DNA in our own. I’m not speaking biblically but rather from science. People who are upset at this are either being racist or ignorant.

    • Yes Norm Moore. Neanderthal DNA is in every European but not in Africans. The Neanderthals only lived in what we now call Europe and they never ventured down as far as Africa. That’s one big reason why they didn’t make it as a species and we did. Our species was able to spread out and they only lived in a smaller area.

    • Lee Horrocks she is known to scientists and archaeologists as ” mitochondrial Eve” . I’m sure no disrespect to religion is meant. They named her after the biblical Eve.

    • Jerry Venables  

      She’s correct, so what’s th’ big deal???
      Methinks it’s PC gone mad again!

  2. I can’t see what she has said that is so wrong, Human kind did originate in Africa in the Great Rift Valley, and we treked out from there. I like her TShirt I would rather be a rebel than a slave too. And I really enjoyed the movie Suffragette

    • I agree. It seems that everyone is becoming so hyper sensitive that fairly soon we will have to give up speech altogether in case we say something that offends someone.

    • I agree ladies, you only have to see what happens in here at times. Everyone is entitled to their opinion only when we give our opinion, all the nasties come out to attack you for it!

    • Trish. Unfortunately some people’s opinions are so nasty they deserve to be criticised. As to me I like a good civil debate.

    • Everyone is entitled to their opinion as long as as it’s informed. Then, and only then,can you have a proper debate.

    • But two informed people can reach different conclusions. That is when debates get interesting.

    • no one is saying you can’t have an opinion Susan Jayet but I am not a racist so my opinion will never be inclined that way

  3. I think she is speaking the truth. Our species originated in Africa so in that sense we are all Africans. I don’t see what all the fuss is about.

  4. …Just have to have something to pick on don’t you! Put the plugs back into your ears, stare into your mobile and escape into fantasy world.

  5. She is genetically right we all come from original homosapiens that started in Africa. She is also right if she is trying to say she has played people from many cultures some of them also oppressed. I think she is a very smart lady and people should not read her words through a racism lens.

  6. Who gives a shit about what Meryl Streep says, she is just an actor for gods sake not an anthropologist.

  7. Eve was African? I believe she was from Eden unknown location.

    • Helen. Surprisingly it is scientific fact. It goes back to the dawn of humanity and we have evolved in different ways according to where we ended up.

    • Different “Eve”. A female hominid found in Africa was found to be the earliest ancestor of Homo Sapiens and was named “Eve” because she was the “first known female”. She has no other relation to any biblical story but was simply given that name as a reference to the alleged “first female” cited in Genesis.

  8. I am sure that the present state of the science is that the human species developed in Africa and then spread out across the world.

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