LUTHER actor Idris Elba has hit back at the BBC Diversity Chief’s controversial views on his character’s race.
Idris Elba as Luther on the BBC seriesCredit: BBC
He posted on Instagram: “We must not pull ourselves backwards, only push ourselves forward.”
Despite being a landmark moment for the BBC, the diversity chief said she believed the series is only superficially diverse and could have been even more authentic.
The series creator Neil Cross shared his surprised at the comments, and revealed Idris only agreed to the role because race was not considered important to the character.
Idris made this statement on Instagram
Miranda Wayland said Luther doesn’t have any black friends or eat Caribbean food so it doesn’t feel authenticCredit: Twitter
The BBC’s diversity chief has claimed Luther is ‘not black enough to be real’
Miranda added that the Corporation – which has since produced acclaimed programmes such as A Suitable Boy and Small Axe – is now working to portray minority groups in a more rounded and convincing way.
Speaking at the MIPTV conference this week, Miranda said: “When [Luther] first came out everybody loved the fact that Idris Elba was in there — a really strong, black character lead.
“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.”
She added the solution wasn’t as simple as just hiring more black directors.
Idris Elba has played the popular detective since 2010Credit: BBC
Luther creator Neil Cross said Idris took on the role because ace wasn’t important to the characterCredit: PA
A BBC spokesperson, said: “Luther is a multi-award winning crime drama series and the iconic role of DCI John Luther has become one of TV’s most powerful detective characters of which we are tremendously proud.
“The BBC is committed to its continued investment in diversity and recent BBC One dramas I May Destroy You and Small Axe are testament to that.
“Of course people can have open discussions about our shows but that doesn’t mean it’s a statement of policy .”
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