Meryl Streep: 'We're All Africans, Really' Actress defends film festival jury's all-white panel By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Feb 11, 2016 10:22 AM CST 172 comments Comments Jury President Meryl Streep attends a press conference at the 2016 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt) (Newser) – Hot on the heels of her "slave" T-shirt controversy, Meryl Streep is under fire again. She's the jury president at the Berlin International Film Festival, which runs Feb. 11-21, and the seven-member jury is all white. Questioned about its makeup, Streep had an interesting response, the AP reports: Streep first pointed out that "at least women are included and in fact dominate this jury, and that's an unusual situation in bodies of people who make decisions. So I think the Berlinale is ahead of the game." An Egyptian reporter then asked if Streep could truly understand films from North Africa and Arab regions, and she admitted she doesn't know much about those regions but that "I've played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures." And then came the kicker from Streep: "There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, and after all we're all from Africa originally. Berliners, we're all Africans really." Though it's definitely being reported as a serious statement, some hoped otherwise ("I'm thinking maybe Meryl Streep might have been going for sarcasm with this," reads one tweet) and others support her: "those who don't get Meryl Streep's comment on diversity ... are braindead," says another tweet. "She's saying we're spun from same cloth."