Idris Elba Delivers Speech to UK Parliament on Lack of Opportunities for Black British Talent
“When you get out more, you see there’s a disconnect between the real world and TV world. People in the TV world often aren’t the same as people in the real world. There’s an even bigger gap between people who make TV, and people who watch TV. I should know, I live in the TV world. Although there’s a lot of reality TV, TV hasn’t caught up with reality. […]
Diversity in the modern world is more than just skin colour – It’s gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, social background, and – most important of all, as far as I’m concerned – diversity of thought. If you have genuine diversity of thought among people making TV & film, then you won’t accidentally shut out any of the groups I just mentioned. […]
None of us are just one flavour or one colour. If we were, we’d be one- dimensional. That’s what used to drive me mad as an up-and-coming actor. My agent and I, we’d get scripts and we were always asked to read the ‘black male’ character or ‘the athletic type.’ And that was just Crimewatch…
But when a script called for a ‘black male,’ it wasn’t describing a character. It was a describing a skin colour. A white man – or a caucasian – was described as ‘a man with a twinkle in his eye.’ My eyes may be dark, but they definitely twinkle!”
Read his full speech here.