Idris Elba’s Luther Isn’t ‘Authentic’ Because ‘He Doesn’t Have Black Friends,’ Says BBC Exec
BBC diversity chief Miranda Wayland has stirred up controversy on social media due to a discussion at the digital MIPTV conference (via Entertainment Tonight) in which she said Idris Elba’s popular crime series “Luther” is not “authentic” when it comes to Black storytelling.As Wayland explained, “When [‘Luther’] first came out everybody loved the fact that Idris Elba was in there — a really strong, Black character lead.
We all fell in love with him.
Who didn’t, right? But after you got into about the second series you got kind of like, ‘Ok, he doesn’t have any Black friends, he doesn’t eat any Caribbean food, this doesn’t feel authentic.”Wayland continued, “It’s great having those big landmark shows with those key characters, but it’s about making sure everything around them, their environment, their culture, the set is absolutely reflective.
It will be very much about
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