Asked to weigh in on the lack of Oscar nominations for black performers - what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences calls a diversity "crisis" - actor Danny DeVito told AP at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday that "the entire country" of the United States of America is racist.
"It's unfortunate that the entire country is a racist country," lamented DeVito, 71. "This is one example of the fact that even though some people have given great performances in movies they weren't even thought about."
It's indicative of just how out-of-touch Hollywood is with the flyover Americans they despise so much that actors like DeVito, best-known for a sitcom that ended 33 years ago, feel that they are authorized to know the hearts of all Americans and to condemn them as racist.
DeVito continued, declaring to his fellow progressives that as a white male he has the proper degree of self-loathing:
"We are living in a country that discriminates and has certain racist tendencies so sometimes it's manifested in things like this and it's illuminated. But just generally speaking we're racists. We are a bunch of racists."
Good luck with your unmemorable current sitcom, Danny. I forget the name of it.