Benedict Cumberbatch called Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo"during his appearance on Tavis Smiley's show.

Benedict later apologized for his choice of word. Selma actor, David Oyelowo has stepped out to defend the actor's comment.

According to , people should focus on what Cumberbatch was saying — rather than the term he said.

The actor said this at the film's European premiere in London on Tuesday.

"To attack him for a term, as opposed to what he was actually saying, I think is very disingenuous and is indicative of the age we live in where people are looking for sound bites as opposed to substance." - He said.

"He was actually being very supportive of the likes of me, and other black actors and actresses — we do have greater opportunities in the U.S. in relation to the U.K."

"We use the term 'people of color' in America. Is that immensely different to what he said? I don't think so, just focus on what he was trying to say." - David added.