Idris Elba Encourages Responsible Journalism

Hot off the stage with a feiry performance with Jill Scott at the 2011 BET Awards, Idris Elba took his mic to the press area backstage to field questions.

After a diverse group of questions which he so gracioously entertained, one journalist got a lesson in Journalism 101 (thank you Bethune-Cookman University).

A reporter from the Black Press Radio was put to task when she asked Elba to 'justify” his recent comments about Tyler Perry.

Recently, Elba was chosen as a guest speaker for the Lens Project’s “Artist Spotlight” series at Rutgers University in February and gave his opinion on many topics including the not-so-nice Spike Lee/Tyler Perry feud.

Elba addressed the audience by saying, “Can I be candid? I don’t like all of Tyler Perry’s films. Yes, I did work with Tyler for ‘Daddy’s Little Girls’ because it portrayed a positive image of a black father. I am happy for Tyler’s success…we need Tyler Perry…by going to support his movies, we need to show economic strength. But we are also responsible for elevating film. I’m not with buffoonish characters like Madea or Big Momma.”

With that being 'clearly' said, take a listen to the exchange backstage as Elba tasks the journalist to do her research.
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