I Get Idris Dislikes The Term ‘Black Actor’
Lance Gross has no problem with Idris Elba’s refusal to call himself a “black actor”… and while he hasn’t necessarily hopped on that train, he certainly isn’t down with the label.
Lance tells us that Idris’s
We caught up with LG Thursday in LA and got his thoughts on the whole “black actor” discussion… Idris announced that he no longer wants to be described as such because he feels it puts him in a box. Lance tells us, he totally gets Idris’s point, adding that his personal stance is pretty much the same — “I’m an actor first, who happens to be black.” Basically, he’s not even parading the word.
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drew mixed feelings from fans
He also says he tells his team to seek out roles that aren’t written solely for black people, and that means he gets “the best of both worlds.” For Lance, it’s It’s about doing a job well done, rather than talking about her race. Idris initially made her comments while speaking to Esquire UK … but despite drawing mixed feelings from fans, she remains on social media. Doubled down on the media.
one user hit back
You have only become as popular as Black Americans are, but instead of using your platform to speak UP for America, you promote acceptance of the status quo. i hate you Then again, black Americans have historically been the only group with a backbone.” Of course, not everyone felt the same way about her comments and some seem to agree, given how that’s worked in showbiz, especially for black entertainers. … just take it from Lance.