Idris Elba is one of the most prominent Black British actor out there, and he has made up his mind: the recent move by various broadcasters to take down past works because of racist backgrounds and influences.He’s saying these actions need to stop.
Idris Elba, 47, told the Radio Times.‘I’m very much a believer in freedom of speech. Instead, there should be a ratings system warning viewers that a film or show has outdated, insulting viewpoints,’ he said.
Elba said: ‘To mock the truth, you have to know the truth. But to censor racist themes within a show, to pull it… I think viewers should know that people made shows like this.
‘Commissioners and archive-holders pulling things they think are exceptionally tone-deaf at this time – fair enough and good for you.
But I think, moving forward, people should know that freedom of speech is accepted, but the audience should know what they’re getting into.I don’t believe in censorship,’ Elba added. ‘I believe that we should be allowed to say what we want to say.
Because, after all, we’re story-makers.’ The In The Long Run actor said boosting diversity needs a change in attitude. ‘Money helps,’ he said, but added: ‘It’s a shift in attitude, in perspective, in tolerance.
And you can’t put an amount on that.’
This is a sequential commentary coming from Netflix pulling out Little Britain from their worldwide streaming services back in June.
In the purgatory list, there was also Matt Lucas and David Williams’ Come Flay With Me.BBC and BritBox both confirmed they had also decided to remove Little Britain saying ‘times have changed’ since the show first aired.
Similarly, Bo’ Selecta, which impersonated black stars such as Craig David, Trisha Goddard and Michael Jackson has been removed from All 4 after creator Leigh Francis recently issued a tearful apology.It is, however, still available on Prime Video.
It suggested an uncertain future for other popular comedy series which feature similar techniques, though many are still available to watch on streaming sites.
The decision by Netflix to remove Lucas and Walliams’ two series sparked anger from subscribers to the service, who were annoyed when they discovered the two shows had been dropped.The move is likely to lead to calls for more outdated shows that may be seen as racist to be removed.
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