Meryl Streep Defends All-White Panel: ‘We Are All Africans Really’

Kaitlan Collins White House Correspondent
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Meryl Streep angered many people on Thursday after she made a comment about the racial make-up of a film panel.

The Oscar-winning actress defended an all white jury at a film festival after a reporter questioned how they could fully understand films from North Africa and the Middle East.

Streep said she didn’t know much about the region but had “played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures.” (RELATED: Madonna: Kanye West Is The Black Version Of Me)

“There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, and after all, we’re all from Africa originally,” Streep said. “You know, we’re all — Berliners — we’re all Africans, really.”

Meryl Streep We're all African

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“This jury is evidence that at least women are included and in fact dominate this jury, and that’s an unusual situation in bodies of people who make decisions,” she added.

Streep was heavily criticized for her comments by many on Twitter. (RELATED: Rosie O’Donnell Angered The Entire Autism Community After She Said This)