New York, February 27: Actress Meryl Streep has clarified comments she made about diversity at the Berlin Film Festival in Germany earlier this month, insisting her words were misinterpreted.Also Read - Hansal Mehta, Richa Chadha Take a Dig at Kangana Ranaut After Her Self-Praise Tweets

The “Devil Wears Prada” star, who was the head of the festival’s jury, was asked if she felt she was able to understand movies from African and Arab countries and she replied, “There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, and after all we’re all from Africa originally. We’re all Berliners, we’re all Africans, really.” Also Read - Film on triple talaq premieres at Berlin festival

Her comments came amid the controversy surrounding the Academy Awards nominations, when several actors, including Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, vowed to boycott the Oscars ceremony as a protest over the fact no one of colour was nominated for a top acting award. Also Read - Juliette Binoche says Harvey Weinstein has 'had enough', 'justice' should do its work

However, Streep insists she was not trying to poke fun at the issue, and was instead trying to point out how everyone is connected, reported the Huffington Post.(ALSO READ: Meryl Streep named Berlin Film Festival jury president).

“Contrary to distorted reporting, no one at that press conference addressed a question to me about the racial makeup of the jury,” she writes.

“I did not ‘defend’ the ‘all-white jury’, nor would I, if I had been asked to do so. Inclusion – of races, genders, ethnicities and religions – is important to me, as I stated at the outset of the press conference.

“In a long winded answer to a different question, asked of me by an Egyptian reporter concerning the film from Tunisia, Arab/African culture, and my familiarity with Arab films specifically, I said I had seen and loved Theeb, and Timbuktu, but admitted, ‘I don’t know very much about, honestly, the Middle East…’ and yet I’ve played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures,” she added.