Actor Idris Elba Blasts Backlash Over His ‘Black Actor’ Comments

Looks like Idris Elba has something to say!

  • International star Idris Elba is taking aim at those slamming him for saying he does not want to be known only as a “black actor,” calling the backlash “stupid” and insisting he is not “denying my blackness.”
  • “As humans, we are obsessed with race. And that obsession can really hinder people’s aspirations, hinder people’s growth. Racism should be a topic for discussion, sure. Racism is very real,” Elba said. “But from my perspective, it’s only as powerful as you allow it to be.”
  • In an interview with The Guardian, he said that having opinions in today’s social media environment is often a challenge, and noted that “in this day and age, it’s really difficult to have an opinion if you’re in the public eye because it gets overly scrutinized, taken out of context, thrown into some sort of bullsh*t, zeitgeisty social media argument.”
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