“Good Morning America” co-anchor Amy Robach apologized for using the term “colored people” when discussing actress Zendaya Coleman and her upcoming role as Mary Jane Watson in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” on Monday.
“This morning during a segment about Hollywood casting, I mistakenly said ‘colored people’ instead of ‘people of color.’ 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 said in a statement.
“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 on Monday’s edition of the ABC morning show.
The term “colored people” was used during segregation and is often considered derogatory. Mary Jane Watson has historically been a white character, famously played in the Sam Raimi series of Spider-Man movies by Kirsten Dunst.
Twitter went after Robach for using the term.
— Mr Sinister (@Csampson71) August 22, 2016
— Jill Karshell (@JillKarshell) August 22, 2016
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— Cinnamon B Hernandez (@neicilaw) August 22, 2016
— Trina Slade-Burks (@dizeimage) August 22, 2016
COLORED, GIRL?! @arobach
— .THE GREAT 28 (@TooSoonJunes) August 22, 2016
@arobach What apologize for your "colored people" remark? Isnt that what the NAACP stands for? People looking to fight even against nothing.
— Alan Gates (@servmgr2004) August 22, 2016