British actor, director and executive producer Idris Elba said on Friday motorsport should look to the world of film as a moral example if it wants to “secure its future in an ever-changing world”.
The Hollywood star, 49, offered his thoughts after launching an initiative called Speed Academy which partners with Total Karting Zero to inspire young motorsport talent from underrepresented communities.
The Press Association reports that Elba, who is a self-proclaimed “car nut” and has competed in car rallies before, explained that there is a “narrow entry point” into motorsport due to the expense and expense opportunities, but hopes the program can highlight that there are “pockets of talent everywhere. He further clarified:
It’s just the nature of evolution and so if motorsport wants to represent that evolution in any way, it needs to plant those seeds now. It’s the same in my film industry. For a long time television didn’t look like the world it represents, it was very biased towards a certain type.
And there must have been an exodus of thinking about how we change that and that flowed from the actors and the cast to the storyteller and the productions. And you watch TV now, you watch the cast, it’s a broader spectrum of our human race.
The Hobbs & Shaw The star highlighted how it has improved the reach of the film and television industry, adding: “So for the automotive industry to secure its future in an ever-changing world, it has to kinda follow the bandwagon.”
The actor said he wanted his new program to help improve representation in motorsport, as he believes “just because you come from a certain background doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the opportunity to enter certain industries”.
This is not the first time that Elba has spoken out on an issue of race and equal opportunity.
“We’ve damaged our world and, you know, it’s no surprise that our world is reacting to the human race,” actor Idris Elba said. https://t.co/t5PYHxOcou
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As Breitbart News reported, he previously insisted that he had been the victim of racism since birth, comparing questions about his experience with racism to asking how long he had been breathing.
“Success hasn’t canceled racism for me. Asking me about racism is like asking me how long I’ve been breathing,” Elba said during a 2021 live chat titled “The Reckoning: The Arts And Black Lives Matter”.
The star also thanked his parents for setting him on the path to success by teaching him that if he wanted to succeed in life “you have to be twice as good as the white man”.
“I was the only child of immigrant parents from Sierra Leone, West Africa. And they worked hard for what they had,” Thread said the star. “This lifestyle taught me the importance of independence and relying on myself for my own success.”
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