Idris Elba has been called “not black enough” by a BBC television executive which signals we’ve finally reached peak woke.
BBC’s chief diversity officer doesn’t think the lead character in the former BBC drama “Luther,” which starred Idris Elba in that title role, was “Black enough to be real.”
“When [Luther] first came out everybody loved the fact that Idris Elba was in there — a really strong, Black character lead,” Miranda Wayland said on Monday, during a conversation on BBC’s diversity and inclusion strategy at the digital MIPTV conference. “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.”
The drama, which starred Idris Elba as DCI John Luther, ran for five series (the UK version of seasons) and has 20 episodes overall, between 2010 and 2019. Ruth Wilson also starred as Alice Morgan.