"I messed up. When referring to Steven Spielberg at the Women in Film awards, I framed my comments about his films inaccurately. I want to be clear from the start that I take full responsibility for what I said and I'm sorry," she posted on Twitter Thursday afternoon. "When I made the comments, I was thinking of recent films Steven directed, it was not my intention to dismiss the import of the iconic #TheColorPurple."
"I made things worse by giving the impression that I was dismissing Shari Belafonte when she attempted to correct me. I spoke with Shari backstage and she was kind enough to forgive me," Banks continued. "Those who have the privilege and honor of directing and producing films should be held to account for our mistakes, whether it's about diversity or inaccurate statements. I'm very sorry."
The actress came under fire after she said the director has "never made a movie with a female lead" while accepting an award at the Women In Film awards this week. "Sorry, Steven," she continued, "I don't mean to call your ass out but it's true."
Twitter was quick to point out how Goldie Hawn starred in the 1974 film "The Sugarland Express," 1985's "The Color Purple" centered around a character played by Whoopi Goldberg and the 2016 film "The BFG" starred the young Ruby Barnhill.
While Banks' overall critique that the director favors male leads over female ones is valid one, Twitter dragged the actress, especially for her "Color Purple" omission.
When your only definition of "female" is "white women"
"The Color Purple" continued trending on Thursday after film critic Anne Thompson called the movie a "flop." After being corrected on the box office and critical acclaim for the film she deleted the tweet and called it a "hideous error."