Will.i.am shocked by 'black' comment

2012-06-25 15:08
Los Angeles - Will.i.am was left shocked when actress Miriam Margolyes said it was nice to meet him because he is black.

The Black Eyed Peas star looked surprised when the 71-year-old Harry Potter star stared at him during a television interview.

She said on The Graham Norton Show : "I'm just fascinated by you. Unfortunately I don't know many black people.

"We don't get to meet across the colour line much except in showbusiness and that's what's so nice."

Will.i.am was left speechless for five minutes and fellow guest, comedian Greg Davies, tried to relieve tension by saying: "It's exotic."

Host Graham said: "It's lovely, Miriam, you're right."

'I don't know much about rappers'

Miriam - who played Professor Sprout in two of the movies inspired by JK Rowling's books - continued to tell the music producer how she is not used to socialising with people like him.

She said: "I don't know much about rappers, you're the first one I've actually talked to. I was in the musical Wicked and I met a lot of black people and I liked them a lot."

Will replied: "And I'm a black guy. I'm the first rapper and black guy you've kicked it with."

Miriam later asked him if he had ever heard of Jews as she told Graham a childhood story.


  • Jako - 2012-06-25 15:32

    really news24, really?

      Preshen - 2012-06-26 08:01

      At least he can say: "Is it because I am blackā€

  • James - 2012-06-25 17:04

    First Rap is not music, second who cares about Willi's opinion?

      russellblack.cowan - 2012-06-25 18:52

      He wena, Rap is music. Its probably better than the crap you listen to. Rap is about expressing yourself.

      Ninjinvee - 2012-06-25 19:53

      @james.rossouw: I 100% agree with you. Rap is like a horse-race commentator narrating some rubbish while some nursery rhyme is playing in the background. It's utter trash.

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-25 20:00

      So is the "crap" he listens too Diamond.

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-25 20:03

      Will.i.am does and so should you. He's as entitled to his feelings as you are to yours Rossouw.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-25 21:17

      I hate rap too but Will is a 100 times the man you are.

  • russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-25 20:05

    Seriously Miriam could you be any more frikken patronising.

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-06-25 20:16

    Why should he be shocked? He IS African-American after all! And considering that Miriam's 71 years old she comes from a different generation anyway.

      zwelethu.mtselu - 2012-06-26 10:13

      He ain't African American, he is Haitian......numb nut

      khanyib1 - 2012-06-27 08:28

      a 'different generation' of patronising old farts?

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-25 21:22

    BS I read the full story on UK media yesterday. He wasn't shocked and they got along very well with Mirriam, joking about random things constantly. Somebody on this site gets paid to fool readers with articles manipulated for shock value. Pathetic news network

  • misswoodcutter - 2012-06-26 12:14

    this is actually hillarious!!!!! Love it:-))

  • Leslie - 2012-06-26 14:31

    I saw that program and Will was more amused than shocked. This is a sly inaccurate report with a view to causing trouble. He ended up teasing the eccentric Miss Margolyes and having a good laugh with her. It was great TV and they ended up performing like a double act. He's a lovely man and she clearly admired him for his charity work.

  • mariska.stephens - 2012-06-27 05:45

    Someone is trying to take advantage of South Africans' sensitivity when it comes to racial issues...

      mthuthani - 2012-06-27 11:24

      Exactly @Mariska.Stephens, I'm gatvol of this race thing and why can't we move on with life and stop this whining"White people that and Black people this" BORING.

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