Tuesday, February 20, 2024
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Charlotte Rampling Says Fuss Over Cam Newton Is Racist to White QBs

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CANCUN—Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling said yesterday that “all this codswallop” about Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who is African American, “is racist to white quarterbacks.” Speaking on Telemundo’s “Centro de Deportes” in fluent Spanish, Ms. Rampling, 69, observed, “To my knowledge there have been only two black quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl. Doug Williams in 1987 and Russell Wilson in 2014.

Two other black quarterbacks have started and lost Super Bowls—Steve McNair and Donovan McNabb. The latter soiled his uniform and tossed his lunch in the huddle with the game on the line, and is now a common drunk.”

Ms. Rampling said she did not include the 49’ers Colin Kaepernick among Super Bowl-losing black quarterbacks because he is biracial.

“Americans have this curious need to declare biracial persons black,” she chuckled. “If you have one black parent and one white parent, then Bob’s your uncle, you’re black. That, too, is racist to white people.“

Ms. Rampling’s criticisms of Cam Newton echo her recent criticisms of the call for a boycott of this year’s Oscars made by Spike Lee and others because the major Oscar nominees are all white.

“Do we have to take from this that there should be lots of minorities everywhere, even if perhaps they weren’t deserving of an Oscar?” asked Ms.Rampling. “Or that black quarterbacks like Mr. Newton with mediocre lifetime playoff records (eight touchdowns and six interceptions in five games) should be led through the streets on a donkey?

“What about the other quarterback in this year’s Super Bowl? One of the greatest who ever played, Peyton Manning, is being treated like so much dog’s breakfast, despite the fact that this could be his last game.

That should be the story, not the needy, preening, overbearing Mr. Newton, who doesn’t seem to possess an indoor voice.”

Ms. Rampling has been nominated for best actress for her role in the British drama 45 Years. This is her first Oscar nomination. She can also be seen currently in the mystery drama London Spy on BBC America.    

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