Too much street apparently won’t get you any nominations for a ‘007’ role as James Bond author Anthony Horowitz became the talk of social media when an article from the Daily Mail?was posted online. The James Bond author surprisingly shared a rather harsh comment on Idris Elba, awkwardly choosing the words “too street” for the actor if he were to portray James Bond in a movie.
“Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” Horowitz said in an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It?s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ?street? for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”
The 007 author created chaos in social media as fans of James Bond and Idris Elba alike shared their reactions on the poorly chosen words from Anthony Horowitz. He then posted a statement to promptly apologize for his remarks on the actor, saying how he was “mortified to have caused offence.” And in the flurry of all the commotion, the hashtag #TooStreet was created by social media users, sharing their opinions to Horowitz statement while making fun of it.
At the end of the day, we all know that Horowitz didn’t mean to offend Idris Elba or anyone who was offended in that manner. It’s fortunate that a good thing can come out from this incident, which is never ever tell anyone that he or she is “too street” for something, especially if you’re talking about a new James Bond film. And if the actor?will forgive Anthony Horowitz for his statement, then all is fair in love and war.
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— Patrick Lucas Austin (@patbits) September 1, 2015
Here are some comments from Twitter users regarding Horowitz statement:
Idris Elba is "too street" to play James Bond?? That translates to, "He's black and we don't want a black Bond."
— ?wi???? ??? (@grumpyzoros) September 1, 2015
— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) September 1, 2015
Idris Elba is an excellent actor. He's not too "street" for James Bond at all. Bet he's too something else though.
— Ernest (@Nwanu) September 1, 2015
"Sorry. What I meant to say was Idris Elba is too" *consults racist euphemism cheat sheet* "urban contemporary to play the new James Bond."
— Kit Lovelace (@kitlovelace) September 1, 2015