Idris Elba's Response To 'Too Street' Controversy Is Pure Perfection

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Cierra Bailey
Anthony Horowitz apologizes for saying Idris Elba is 'too street' to play the new Bond after Twitter attacks him.

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.

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. 

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." 

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