IDRIS Elba has criticized the mass censorship of racism in historical comedies – insisting that truth and freedom of expression must come first.
The Luther actor opened up to the diversity of television and the need for a change in the latest issue of Radio Times.
Idris, 47, said that increasing diversity on the screen cannot be achieved with money alone, and to create real change, a solid strategy and goals must be developed.
The star also talked about the recent series of British and American TV shows that deleted scenes or episodes regarding racial sensitivity, and revealed that he did not necessarily agree with the censorship. historic comedies that could now offend people.
He explained to the publication: “To make fun of the truth, you have to know the truth.
“But to censor racist themes in a program, to remove it, wait a second, I think viewers should know that people have made programs like this …
“Yes, out of respect for the times and the movement, the commissioners and the holders of records taking things they think are exceptionally deaf right now – fair enough and good for you.”
“But I think going forward, people should know that freedom of expression is accepted, but the public should know what they are getting into.” ”
His comments come after British comedies, including Little Britain, Peep Show and The Mighty Boosh, had episodes taken from the streaming services after presenting white characters in black.
Meanwhile in America, 30 Rock and Scrubs are just two of the shows that removed episodes for the same reason.
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Meanwhile, Idris recently said there were no “formal plans” to make a sixth season of Luther, but a film might not be that far.
He told Sky News, “I made it very clear that I would like to see Luther come back as a film.
“And I can tell you this, that we are this close to making a Luther film. ”
You can read the full interview with Idris in this week’s Radio Times.