Actress Julie Delpy apologized for saying there’s nothing worse than being a woman in the entertainment business — and that sometimes she wished she were black.
In a Friday interview with The Wrap at the Sundance Film Festival, Delpy said “I sometimes wish I was African-American … because, I think, at least people don’t bash them afterwards when they say something … about a reality, which is … we live in a xenophobic environment.”
Delpy was referencing an instance two years ago when she complained about the Academy being very male and white and was “slashed to pieces by the media” for her views.
“It’s interesting … women can’t talk,” Delpy said, adding that “it’s probably the hardest to be a woman. Feminists is probably something that people hate above all. Nothing worse than being a woman in this business.”
Here’s a video showing Delpy’s comments:
Her comments were viewed as inflammatory by many and came after the Academy announced plans to increase the diversity of its membership.
In a statement to EW.com, Delpy said that she never meant to diminish injustices to black artists or anyone else and that she can’t stand inequality or injustice of any kind.
Sitting near Delpy at the time she made her comments was Danny DeVito, who costarred with her in the Todd Solondz film “Wiener-Dog.”
DeVito said during the festival concerning the United States: “It’s unfortunate that the entire country is a racist country.” He made his comments Saturday in light of the controversy over no black actors or actresses getting nominated in major Academy Award categories this year.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.