Well-known actor, Idris Elba has responded to backlashes after he said a few days ago that he doesn’t identify himself as a Black actor anymore.
A few days ago, Idris Elba disclosed in an interview that he doesn’t identify himself s a Black actor anymore because it affected his acting career. He mentioned that Hollywood is still racist and tries to sabotage him.
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“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,” the 50-year-old said. “As humans, we are obsessed with race. And that obsession can really hinder people’s aspirations, hinder people’s growth.”
Elba then went ahead to say that inasmuch as “racism is very real,” he feels “it’s only as powerful as you allow it to be.” “I stopped describing myself as a Black actor when I realized it put me in a box. We’ve got to grow. We’ve got to. Our skin is no more than that: it’s just skin. Rant over,” he added.
“I did it because I thought that’s a great profession and I could do a good job at it,” he 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. I’m the first Idris.”
However, Idris Elba received massive backlash from the public making him respond on Twitter, “There isn’t a soul on this earth that can question whether I consider myself a BLACK MAN or not,” he started. “Being an ‘actor’ is a profession, like being an ‘architect’, they are not defined by race. However, If YOU define your work by your race, that is your prerogative. Ah, lie?”
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