British actor Benedict Cumberbatch issues grovelling apology after calling black people ‘colored’

Cumberbatch, who is nominated for an Oscar, starred alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has apologized after describing black people as ‘colored’ on US television, saying he is ‘an idiot’ and is ‘devastated to have caused offense’.

The 38-year-old Sherlock star was widely condemned after using the racial term during a debate on the lack of diversity on British screens on the PBS talk show Tavis Smiley last Wednesday.

But on Monday night, he issued an apology for his ‘incorrect’ and ‘offensive’ use of the phrase, saying: ‘I’m devastated to have caused offense by using this outmoded terminology.

‘I offer my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done’…

I do not understand why it is even an “offence” in the first place.