I’d never heard of Benedict Cumberbatch before. My youngest daughter and her friends were discussing him a few weeks ago, apparently enamored with his acting prowess. Okay. Can’t say as I’ve seen any of his work, but he’s been getting some free press recently. I’m not quite sure if he’s happy with it, but when you’re in his line of work, isn’t any press good press? Unless you’re accused of being a racist. Hey, he’s not a real racist; he only plays one on T.V. Or something like that. Note to Mr. Cumberbatch; you’re only a racist because you apologized for being one.

Apologies anyone?

Apologies anyone?

Seems Cumbersomeone used the word “colored” when describing, if I dare, people of color. You know, people that might be affiliated with the NAACP. He apparently used the offending term when speaking with Tavis Smiley about the difficulty he sees for some of his fellow actors “of color” getting roles in the UK but finding success here in the good ole racist U.S. of A. Smiley notes the success actors have had crossing the pond when he makes this statement to Cumberwho;

Tavis: It is, but now it ain’t even just white Brits. It’s Black Brits who are taking jobs now. You look at the “Selma” script. You look at “12 Years a Slave”. I mean, I love all these actors. They’re wonderful, but you guys are coming over here just taking over, man.”

To which Mr. Cumberbatch launches into full-on hate mode with his response;

Cumberbatch: Well, it’s an even playing field [laugh] which is we all stand in our tights under the same conditions. I can’t speak for David Oyelowo, but those are two actors who work and live here as well, you know. They paid their dues for years by just beautiful, beautiful performances from very fine actors.

And I think as long as we pay our subs and our taxes over here when we work camp, I think it’s fair game. I mean, you know, Meryl Streep can come over and play Margaret Thatcher. Why can’t we come over and play in your sand pit, you know?

In all seriousness, I know what you’re saying. I think as far as colored actors go, it gets really difficult in the U.K. and I think a lot of my friends have had more opportunities here than in the U.K. and that’s something that needs to change.

Ouch. A whole lot of hate goin’ on right there. He used the “C” word. The Bastard.

Of course, being a brit, he probably didn’t quite understand the power of the English language; I mean, being an English actor and all. Or at least he didn’t understand the Orwellian gymnastics liberals will go through to look for any slight as defined by the dogma of the Church of the Perpetually Aggrieved.

Not only did he apologize, he told us that he was “devastated.” Devastated mind you. The Atlantic was totally enthralled by his apology, reminding us all that it was a teachable moment for Cumberbatch. Who knows, maybe using the word “colored” was a window to his heart; he’s white you know, so he’s immediately suspect, even if he was speaking about the difficulties of black actors in the UK. The Atlantic goes to great pains to show that his was an apology given “the right way.” They do have a point; there are many times when apologies are given solely for the show and the marketing effect, professionally penned by PR professionals and handlers, never actually stating that the offending individual was ever truly sorry for anything other than someone else taking offense. And there’s always plenty of offense to be taken. Even when none is offered.

It doesn’t matter though; he’s apologized and that’s it. Apologized and confirmed that racism is alive and well, demonstrated by his painfully cavalier attitude of the usage of the word “colored.” I fully expect from this point that when any of the Al Sharptongues of the liberal race-baiting industry utters the term “people of color” the Atlantic will be demanding the correct mea-culpa. I do not plan on holding my breath.

David Oyelowo came to Cumberbatch’s defense, calling the matter exactly as it was; ridiculous. Oyelowo might want to tread lightly. He’s trying to gain acceptance in a country where other people get to define if you’re actually black enough to be a black man. (Is that phrase still allowed?) He’s not going to do himself any favors using phrases like “Excellence is the best weapon against prejudice. I intend to be part of the solution and not the problem. You’ve just got to keep on banging out good performances.” What a quaint notion for the truly racist of the world. People rising and falling on their own merits, their own actions and deeds. You know; the content of their character, that sort of thing.

Let the apology tour begin. Expect to see Cumberbatch next on Oprah, or having a beer summit at the White House, possibly doing penance with Jesse Jackson. Maybe someone will provide him with a list of the unacceptable, offensive words du-jour so he can do his press junkets without further insult. Of course, it’ll need to be updated quite regularly, as the victim class is ever growing and liberal linguistics is part of the effort to increase the size of the pool of the offended. The more words they can use to divide us, the more of us they can divide.

I sincerely apologize to anyone I’ve offended. No really, I mean it.