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No, Meryl Streep, we are not “all Africans, really.”

Am I disappointed? Yes. Surprised? Not really.

When I heard about what Meryl Streep said at the Berlin Film Festival, to say that I was disappointed is a huge understatement.

When asked by reporters about the all-white festival panel she headed and whether she could understand the films from the Middle East and North Africa, Streep responded in the worst possible way.

I’ve played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures,” She said. “There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, and after all, we’re all from Africa originally. Berliners, we’re all Africans, really.”

We’re all Africans? Really?

Are you kidding me?

Sorry, Meryl, but last I checked the only people who are Africans are, well…people from the continent of Africa.

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If I have to hear another white feminist say something so blatantly stupid, I’m going to bang both their heads and mine against a wall. I mean, come on. Does every white feminist have to totally throw off their groove with an ignorant statement whenever I start to think they are actually worth liking?

This was the first time Streep had been president of a festival jury. She was asked several times about diversity during the opening news conference. She said she was committed to inclusion and equality “of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions.” 

Well, Meryl, I guess that’s one way to describe the film “Suffragette,” and the T-shirts you and your fellow cast members modeled…

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    Olivia Burke is a freelance writer who has written about everything from mental health to body positivity.She is a recent graduate of Coastal Carolina University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. When she isn't writing she is either catching up on The Bachelor or enjoying her favorite vegan pizza.

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