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Idris Elba takes on the latest race controversy

Idris Elbe shared his take on a recent controversy that touches on racial themes, specifically the cases of black British actors who find themselves playing African American characters. In a new interview with The shop, …

Idris-Elba

Idris Elbe shared his take on a recent controversy that touches on racial themes, specifically the cases of black British actors who find themselves playing African American characters.

In a new interview with The shop, Idris Elba has criticized those who claim that black British actors take away roles from American actors. The speech was sparked when talk show host Maverick Carter asked Elba what he thought of the entry of Naomi Akkie in the long-awaited biopic I want to dance with someonein which we will see the British actress embody the iconic American singer Whitney Houston:

Do you know what I noticed? You just said “black women in America instead of English women”. As if being English made you less dark. To me, this shows how unintelligent the argument is. I mean no disrespect to those who think that, but that’s the way it is.

The fact is, we’re all black. When a Scottish actor obtains the role of an Irish character or an Englishman, the same debate does not arise. But we want to point fingers at each other because we come from a conditioning and background that makes people ask you, ‘Where are you from?’ and ‘Are your origins genuine? How black are you? ‘It all boils down to a caste system which I find really boring“.

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The actor then concluded his speech with a personal note:

My grandfather fought in World War II for this country, the United States. He was from Kansas City. When I come here and someone tells me I’m not American, I say ‘Oh? How dare you? It is action.’ Cultural appropriation is a different thing, and it’s definitely something we should pay attention to. But in the acting profession, you should be allowed to act“.

The debate first surfaced in 2017 when Samuel L. Jackson criticized the cast of Daniel Kaluuya in the famous Run – Exit by Jordan Peele, which earned the British actor an Oscar nomination. For the occasion Jackson had commented on the casting of the British actor declaring:

I tend to wonder what this movie could have been with an American brother who knows these feelings well“.

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Source: Variety

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