Meryl Streep On Why Racial Diversity Is Not Needed: 'We're All Africans, Really'

  • by: Alan Duke

Meryl Streep's reply to a reporters question about the lack of racial diversity on the jury at the Berlin Film Festival is causing quite a stir on social media. The Oscar-winning actress rationalized the all-white panel of film judges by suggesting that all of the members are actually descendants of Africans. "There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, and after all we're all from Africa originally, you know, we're all Berliners, we're all Africans, really,"

And they are diverse, she argued. The jury includes a critic , a director, actors, a photographer and a cinematographer with diverse perpesctives on what films are best. They may be all white, but "we're all human beings."

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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