Hollywood actress Lucy Liu of “Charlie’s Angels” fame has issued an apology for a controversial comment she made on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” on October 11.
When the TV host asked Liu if she enjoyed running indoors or outdoors, she replied: “I run on a machine—it’s easier for me. Also, if I get really dark, I’ll start to look a little Filipino. It wouldn’t match if I start getting darker, you know what I mean? I can get really dark if I’m in the sun too much.”
Liu’s remark quickly elicited criticisms in online blog posts and social media sites for being “racist” with the intention to insult an entire country.
In a statement given to the newspaper Inquirer Liu said, “I am so sorry that my comment was taken out of context, as I would never insult another group or ethnicity.”
However, Liu has not answered the Inquirer’s follow-up question: Why she used the phrase “a little Filipino” if she had been concerned only about the consistency of her character’s skin color.
Liu is shooting her new TV series, “Elementary,” in which she plays Dr. Joan Watson to Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes.