If you like individuals with shallow minds or racists even then you will probably love the new James Bond author. In an interview on August 29, Anthony Horowitz was asked about Idris Elba playing the role of Agent 007.
According to Horowitz, Elba is just “too street” and “too rough” to play the iconic role. Code translation too black! The author tried to defend his words by saying that this was not a color issue. As if to prove this, he claimed that a better fit for the next Bond would be Hustle star, Adrian Lester.
In case you need a reminder of who that is:
“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.”
As you would expect, Horowitz’s words sparked outrage everywhere. In particular, people took to Twitter to voice their complaints against the racist writer. Horowitz hasn’t responded to the backlash, yet.
If you’re on the fence about whether or not Horowitz is a racist, here’s the thing: he is. His choice of words worked just as effectively as if he said James Bond should never be anything other than white.
“Street” is a word usually linked with black people, and not in a good way. Actors who get roles similar to Idris Elba’s are Hugh Jackman and Bruce Willis, and you’ll never hear anyone calling them “street”. Also, James Bond is a spy who kills people for a living. If that’s not “street”, what is?
Idris Elba is also one of the most suave actors alive, which is why he’s the fan favorite to replace Daniel Craig as the next Bond.
Just look at him and tell me if I’m wrong. This makes Horowitz’s comment about Bond having to be “suave” rather bizarre.
After showing his dislike of Elba, Horowitz went on to diss the recent James Bond films, especially Skyfall. At this point, it almost seems like the author is trying to garner attention for his upcoming Bond novel by stirring up some controversy.
The result is, though, he’s now one of the most disliked persons in the world, and fewer people will buy his novel than if he’d just kept quiet.
Since the backlash Horowitz tweeted an apology this afternoon.
“Clumsily, I chose the word ‘street’ as Elba’s gritty portrayal of DCI John Luther was in my mind but I admit it was a poor choice of word,” Horowitz said. “I am mortified to have caused offence.”