Idris Elba on the state of Black Hollywood: “The Oscars aren’t designed for us”


On Thursday 24 February actor Idris Elba was the featured speaker for the Lens Project’s Artist Spotlight series, held at Rutgers University, New Jersey. During the event, which was hosted by Ms. Baraka Sele, the Assistant Vice President of Programming of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Idris discussed a range of topics such as his upbringing as an only child in East London and why he chose to be an actor, as well as current state of black cinema in Hollywood.

Speaking on his thoughts on the recent Golden Globes and this year’s Oscar Awards, Idris had this to say:

Halle Berry and I were the only two black actors nominated for this year’s Golden Globes (Idris for Luther and Halle for Frankie & Alice). The Oscars aren’t designed for us…let’s focus on making more films.”

When asked about his opinions on the friction between director/actors Spike Lee and Tyler Perry, which initially began in 2009 when Spike insinuated that Tyler Perry’s films/TV shows were acts of “Coonery Buffoonery”, Idris stated the following:

“Can I be candid?… 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.”

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Below is the video in which Spike Lee claims Tyler Perry’s projects are acts of “Coonery Buffoonery”.