Idris Elba Says The #MeToo Movement Is ‘Only Difficult If You Have Something To Hide”
By: Eboni Walker
Idris Elba has made the culture proud yet again.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Elba was asked about the #MeToo movement.
When asked if it is hard to be a man in Hollywood during the #MeToo movement, Elba kept his response short and simple.
“It’s only difficult if you’re a man with something to hide,” the actor said.
This question has been asked to other men in the industry, and their responses have received great backlash.
This is not the first time Elba has been praised for his outlook on the #MeToo Movement.
In an interview with Den of Greek, Elba compared the main character in Molly’s Game actions to the women who are involved with the #MeToo movement.
“It’s quite poignant. 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,” Elba said. “When we’re seeing women stand up and have a liberation movement of speaking up against some [of] their atrocities that have happened.
He continued, “So, I think yes, this timing of the film, its great, because one, it’s a female protagonist. It’s also a screenwriter who’s a first-time director. It’s also filmmaking in which there’s no green screen in there, and there are no aliens flying out in the sky. This is real people. I think, therefore, kind of feels refreshing in a way.”
Other men in Hollywood have been asked about their opinion on the movement. But their responses received so much backlash.
Matt Damon considered the #MeToo movement a “watershed moment.” He believes that the industry should talk more about the men in Hollywood who are not committing these sexual assaults against women. He also stated that the industry should look into the “spectrum of behavior.”
“There’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?” Damon said. “Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated, without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”
Damon later apologized for his words and said he respects all women who are battling from this kind of misconduct.
“A lot of those women are my dear friends and I love ‘em and respect ‘em and support what they’re doing and wanna be a part of that change and wanna go along for the ride—but I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while.”
The #MeToo movement has been one of the biggest movement within the last couple of years. Many industry men have been stripped of their livelihoods in the midst of women coming forward with allegations.
Bill Cosby, who was once looked at as ‘America’s Dad’, is now serving federal time for the allegations held against him.
In September, Cosby was sentenced from three to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home 14 years ago.
More than a dozen women came forward and accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them during the height of his career.
But the assault with Constand is allowed him to be convicted in April.
While Cosby declined to speak out in court prior to sentencing, his attorneys said they will be filing an appeal.
Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt believes the sentencing of Cosby was unjustified. After his sentencing, Wyatt said the prosecution was “the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States.” He also said that Cosby will be fine because “he knows that these are lies.” He even compared Cosby’s case to the sexual assault allegation that was held against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at the time.
“They persecuted Jesus and look what happened. [I’m] not saying Mr. Cosby’s Jesus, but we know what this country has done to black men for centuries,” Wyatt said.
By: Eboni Walker | Web: www.ebonimwalker.com | Instagram: EboniMWA | Twitter: EboniMWalker
Source: The Sunday Times, Vanity Fair