On Monday morning, “Good Morning America” co-anchor, Amy Robach found herself in hot water after she used the term “colored people” during a live broadcast on ABC. Directly following the anchor’s mishap on-air, social media erupted with criticisms of the host which in turn prompted an immediate apology from Robach for her misuse of the insensitive and anachronistic term.
During a segment of GMA on Monday morning that focused on diversity in Hollywood, all hell broke loose following Robach attempting to make note of the recent criticisms filmmakers had encountered for casting white actors by saying,”in what one might assume should be a role reserved for colored people.”
— Mr Sinister (@Csampson71) August 22, 2016
Although a small mishap, as she meant to use the phrase “people of color,” the phrase sent Twitter into a frenzy and prompted dozens of angry tweets blasting Robach and the ABC Network for the “offensive remarks.” The anchor then came out with statement calling the incident, “a mistake” and “not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life.” As of now, no other disciplinary action has been taken by ABC in response to Robach’s insensitive comment.
Comments like this among television anchors happen all too often. With television personalities like Tom Lahren and others, it seems as though they have forgotten to use their media sensitivity training if they even receive such a thing.
“For colored people…” is not a comment that should easily slip off of a professional news anchors tongue.
— Tori Lynn (@victorialj1908) August 22, 2016
On the other end of the conversation, diversity in movies is something that should be discussed. This year the comic book and movie production team behind Marvel will be bringing Doctor Strange to the big screen with Tilda Swinton, who is white, playing a role meant that in the original comics belonged to an Asian man.