Robert Downey Jr. has been called many things throughout his career but “racist” is a first, following his remarks about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu.
In a video interview with The Guardian last week, Downey Jr. was asked about Iñarritu’s comments in which he likened superhero movies to a “cultural genocide.”
The “Iron Man” actor said that “for a man whose native tongue is Spanish, to be able to put together a phrase like ‘cultural genocide’ just speaks to how bright he is.”
Social media users were quick to accuse Downey Jr. of being racist for his remarks. One woman wrote that she "loved" him until this and hashtagged the word "racist." Another user tweeted at the actor to "keep your racist opinions to yourself."