December 18, 2018
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A lot of men in Hollywood have been on edge since the #MeToo movement began getting major news attention over the past year, but not Idris Elba. The actor is speaking out and saying it’s really not that hard to be a man and avoid sexual harassment allegations in the entertainment industry, especially if you don’t have secrets.
When asked about the momentum the movement is gaining, he told The Sunday Times: “It’s only difficult if you’re a man with something to hide.”
Wow. Short and sweet.
His ever-so-perfect response comes with snaps and applauses from all over Black Twitter, even Shonda Rhimes is here for it:
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) December 16, 2018
see this is why idris elba is the sexiest man alive https://t.co/w3KiuYFTvT
— anra (@softskoshgord) December 16, 2018
— Valerie Jarrett (@ValerieJarrett) December 17, 2018
Idris Elba justifying why the women all want to marry him and why the men all want to be him https://t.co/OORGx0IeVY
— Sandhya Menon (@TheRestlessQuil) December 18, 2018
Last year, while promoting his film “Molly’s Game,” Elba also shared his thoughts on the current #MeToo era with Den of Geek. In the film, the main character, Molly Bloom dealt with gender discrimination as she rose in status as being a well-known high-end poker game organizer.
“Of course, this is a film that was made a year ago, and probably prepped two or three years ago, but to come out when it’s coming out now is actually quite amazing when we’re seeing women stand up and have a liberation movement of speaking up against some of their atrocities that [have] happened.”
The movement, started more than a decade ago by Tarana Burke, began making headlines last year when victims (mostly white women) accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment. Women like Amber Rose and Ashanti have come forward in voicing their opinions, and even rapper Eve has shared her #MeToo story of being rescued by Janet Jackson after her drink was spiked at an industry party.
TELL US: Do you think Idris understands?