Idris Elba's Instagram response to the drama from this week surrounding his ability to play James Bond has everybody saying, #ThatCaptionThough !
Elba further proved to the world just how suave he is by politely and eloquently spreading positivity while also throwing just the perfect amount of shade.
Underneath a screen-captured headline about Author Anthony Horowitz's foot-to-mouth comment Elba had this to say, "Always Keep Smiling!! It takes no energy and never hurts! Learned that from the Street!!"
How's that for "too street" Mr. Horowitz?
The James Bond author issued an apology earlier this week to Elba after his comment that Elba was too “street” to play James Bond stirred up some trouble.
I'm really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have caused offence [full statement attached] pic.twitter.com/UD6ouA45Uv— Anthony Horowitz (@AnthonyHorowitz) September 1, 2015
In an interview to promote his new novel in the Bond series, “Trigger Mortis” Horowitz said, “Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better.”
“For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah,” he continued.
The author named another British Black actor, Adrian Lester, as his idea of a good choice for the part.
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Horowitz’s remarks didn’t go over well with fans as they expressed their dissent on social media and even deemed his reference to Elba being “too street” as racist.
Idris Elba is "too street" to play Bond. Too "urban". Too "dusky". Too "jungle". Too "reggae". Too "code word for black". Too "rough".— Thom (@MrMoth) September 1, 2015
"Idris Elba is too street to play 007" http://t.co/AsGEKx8pH7 - "too street" my arse. Sounds like racism to me.— Laura Steel (@PalelyLaura) September 1, 2015
Idris Elba is "too street" to play James Bond?? That translates to, "He's black and we don't want a black Bond."— Queen Luigi (@Rowemanticize) September 1, 2015
Idris Elba is an excellent actor. He's not too "street" for James Bond at all. Bet he's too something else though.— Ernest (@Nwanu) September 1, 2015
Idris Elba is "too street" to play Bond? Ridiculous. He's an actor. Heath Ledger wasn't a homicidal maniac. Tom Hanks isn't a toy cowboy.— Aled Phillips (@aledsavedlatin) September 1, 2015
Saying Idris Elba is ‘too street’ is not just offensive but cowardly. Racists, be open so we can boycott your work/banish you from society.— Maryam Khan (@MazHalima) September 1, 2015
The Twittersphere really went in on Horowitz, but despite his poor choice of words, we do have to acknowledge that he did not say a Black actor should not play Bond at all...he just suggested that a different Black actor play the role instead of Elba.
In any case, Horowitz was wrong ... Elba would make a GREAT James Bond. Yes, he can be "gritty" and "rough" but he can also be smooth and debonair like Bond. It's called versatility, that's what makes him a "terrific actor."