Why has Alan Hansen got to grovel for saying 'coloured'?

...when African American actress Hally Berry used the phrase 'women of color' in her Oscar acceptance speech. Does the tweaking of the form of a verb bake it offensive/inoffensive. If so, can a definitive list of words/phrases that can or can't be used be devised? Can I still say 'you look an... show more ...when African American actress Hally Berry used the phrase 'women of color' in her Oscar acceptance speech.

Does the tweaking of the form of a verb bake it offensive/inoffensive. If so, can a definitive list of words/phrases that can or can't be used be devised?

Can I still say 'you look an odd colour' if someone is ill? Or can I say that to whites only? Or have I got to say it to all races equally, or never at all.

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