Lance Gross has no issue with Idris Elba refusing to call himself a “Black actor” … and while he isn’t always getting on that train, he’s absolutely not down with labels.
We got LG out in L.A. Thursday and got his ideas on the entire “Black actor” conversation … stimulated by Idris stating he no longer desires to be explained that method due to the fact that he feels it puts him in a box.
Lance informs us, he completely comprehends Idris’ point, and stated his individual position is quite comparable — “I’m an actor first, who happens to be Black.” Basically, he’s not parading the term either.
He likewise states he makes a point to inform his group to look for functions that aren’t composed simply for Black folks, which implies he gets the “best of both worlds”.
For Lance, it’s everything about getting the job done well, instead of speaking about his race.
Idris at first made his remarks while talking to Esquire UK … however he’s considering that doubled down on social networks, in spite of drawing blended sensations from fans.
Idris Elba Clarifies ‘Black Actor’ Quote, Says Race Doesn’t Define Him
One user fired back, “You only became as popular as you are because of BLACK AMERICANS, but instead of using your platform to speak UP for US, you promote acceptance of the status quo. I am DISGUSTED with you. Then again, Black Americans have historically been the ONLY group with BACKBONE.”
Of course, not everybody felt that method about his remarks and some appear to concur, provided how things have actually operated in showbiz, specifically for Black performers … simply take it from Lance.