Idris Elba is hitting the beach!
04.03.2023 - 14:11 / nme.com
Idris Elba has further addressed his thoughts on race and why he doesn’t call himself a “Black Actor”, telling critics it’s his “prerogative”.The actor had originally discussed racism and his thoughts on it within the scope of his career and life last month. Elba said while “racism is very real,” he said that he believed people gave it too much power and allowed it to hinder their growth and aspirations.“If we spent half the time not talking about the differences but the similarities between us, the entire planet would have a shift in the way we deal with each other,” Elba told Esquire. “As humans, we are obsessed with race.”The Suicide Squad star continued: “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. But from my perspective, it’s only as powerful as you allow it to be.
I stopped describing myself as a Black actor when I realised it put me in a box.”He added: “We’ve got to grow. We’ve got to. Our skin is no more than that: it’s just skin.
Rant over.”Elba, who first rose to prominence thanks to his turn in HBO’s The Wire, elaborated by explaining his experience in the USA, saying: “Of course, I’m a member of the Black community. You say a prominent one. But when I go to America, I’m a prominent member of the British community.”Finishing his thoughts on the topic, the Luther star said: “As you get up the ladder, you get asked what it’s like to be the first Black to do this or that.
Well, it’s the same as it would be if I were white. It’s the first time for me. I don’t want to be the first Black.
Idris Elba is hitting the beach!
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with Esquire UK where Elba said that he had stopped describing himself as a “black actor” since it limited his career. The “Cats” actor said it is “really difficult” for celebrities to have an opinion according to a new interview with The Guardian. Explaining that his words were “overly scrutinized, taken out of context” and “thrown into some sort of bulls–t, zeitgeisty social media argument.”“Me saying I don’t like to call myself a Black actor is my prerogative.
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