BERLIN – Following Meryl Streep’s comments at the Berlinale film festival in Berlin, her 1985 film Out of Africa is to be reissued.
We might all be Africans, but are we all Out of Africans? That’s the question that is on everyone’s lips today as Universal Pictures reissues the Sydney Pollack film in time to benefit from all the positive publicity that Ms. Streep’s brain fart has caused. Robert Redford was quick to defend Ms. Streep:
We are all Africans certainly. As an actor I’m not a scientist but I can say that at some point in the history of the universe we were all basically hydrogen atoms. Now people might look at the Oscar nominations or the Berlin judges panel and say it isn’t diverse but I say look at all those hydrogen atoms, mixed with oxygen and carbon and calcium and all the other atoms that make up those human beings. And if that isn’t diverse, what is?