Actress Rampling: Diversity debate racist to whites

LONDON (AP) — Academy Award-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling has entered the debate over a lack of diversity at the Oscars, saying the calls for a boycott are “racist to white people.”

All this year’s acting nominees are white. Rampling told France’s Europe 1 radio Friday that “maybe the black actors didn’t deserve to be in the final stretch.”

Asked if there should be quotas — not a suggestion made by boycott supporters — Rampling said we live “in countries nowadays where everyone is more or less accepted,” but there would always be problems with people being judged “not handsome enough,” ‘’too black” or “too white.”

She asked if the goal was to classify everybody and have “thousands of little minorities everywhere.”

Rampling, 69, is nominated for a best-actress Academy Award for “45 Years.”