Critically acclaimed British actor Idris Elba has his own take on the recent trend to remove films with racist themes and scenes, believing that they shouldn’t be censored, but rather have warnings attached. Idris Elba’s recent comments come after discussions have opened up around racist depictions in film and Tv as a result of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Idris Elba’s thoughts on this trend, which he personally calls censorship, come from an interview he had with RadioTimes, opening up in his steadfast belief that warnings should be attached to content like that, allowing people to see racism firsthand with film and television without condoning it:
“I’m very much a believer in freedom of speech. But the thing about freedom of speech is that it’s not suitable for everybody. That’s why we have a rating system: we tell you that this particular content is rated U, PG, 15, 18, X. To mock the truth, you have to know the truth. But to censor racist themes within a show, to pull it – wait a second, I think viewers should know that people made shows like this.”
Elba continued, saying that attaching warnings would respect the time this content was produced, and encouraging story-tellers to not condone censorship, “Out of respect for the time and the movement, 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. I believe that we should be allowed to say what we want to say. Because, after all, we’re story-makers.”