Idris Elba on Tyler Perry and OscarsPublished by Clay Cane on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 12:00 am.
A few weeks ago we reported that Malcolm D. Lee, the director of The Best Man, wasn’t a big fan of Tyler Perry. Now Idris Elba has sounded off on Perry as well. As a guest speaker at Rutgers University’s Newark campus, Elba said:
“Can I be candid?” he asks before turning to face the audience directly. “I don’t like all of Tyler Perry’s films. Yes, I did work with Tyler for “Daddy’s Little Girls” because it portrayed a positive image of a black father. I am happy for Tyler’s success…we need Tyler Perry…by going to support his movies, we need to show economic strength. But we are also responsible for elevating film. I’m not with buffoonish characters like Madea or Big Momma.”
Some are shocked at Elba’s comments. But is there an unspoken rule that Black actors and directors cannot express themselves on the Tyler Perry phenomenon? Of course there will be rants that he is a “hater,” but maybe Elba, a Golden Globe–nominated actor, made an informed opinion. It’s not as if he is a novice or known for ridiculous work. Idris Elba is probably one of the most respected actors out there today.
The London native also gave some insight on the lack of Black actors nominated for an Oscar this year. Halle Berry and Idris Elba were the only Black actors nominated for a Golden Globe this year. Elba said, “The Oscars aren’t designed for us … Let’s focus on making more films.”
I think that perfectly sums up this year’s award season.
Speaking of awards, check out the list of Oscar winners from last night.
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