Meryl Streep Says, “We’re All Africans Really,” So Now White People Get That Too

When asked about the lack of diversity at an international film festival, Meryl Streep said, “We’re all Africans really.” Her statement was great news for white people, who now get to have that too.

During a press conference, a reporter asked Meryl Streep—the head of an all-white jury at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival—why there were so few representatives from minority groups on the panel. Streep dismissed the question, saying, “There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, and after all, we’re all from Africa originally.” It was a statement that acknowledged that, in addition to getting to decide which films from around the world are best, white people get to lay claim to every culture on Earth—including, but not limited to, the African continent.

“Berliners, we’re all Africans really,” Streep added, metaphorically handing over the legacy of African artists to a former imperial power.


Streep doesn’t seem to exactly grasp the gravity of the situation, and clearly doesn’t understand what’s wrong with the jury she’s presiding over. In that way, she ended up personifying everything that’s wrong with Hollywood and the greater film industry today.

Portraits by Annie Leibovitz for 2016 Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair.

Lupita Nyong’o, Rachel Weisz, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Charlotte Rampling, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Lawrence, Saoirse Ronan, Diane Keaton, Brie Larson & Alicia Vikander.