Clearly, Idris Elba is either hella humble or in denial, but in a recent interview with The Life Files, the British-born actor admitted that he doesn’t know what it feels like to be sexy. Hmm, word?

Lately, Elba has been on a roll. He was recently nominated for an Emmy award for the role of Detective John Luther in the hit BBC show, “Luther,” and is presently at work on several films. The actor-DJ-musician is not only a pretty face, but he’s serious about his craft. A lover of music, you might find Elba popping up at your local club to DJ a set (as he did here in LA a few weeks ago *swoon*), or meeting and greeting fans at events.

When asked about his sex appeal, however, Elba played it cool. Although he admits he doesn’t know what it feels like to be a sex symbol, Elba went on to say, in general, Black men aren’t described as “sexy” by the media at large.

Elba notes:

I will say this and I’ve said this in the press before, black men, we’re never called sexy, we’re called athletic, intense, we’re described as being the strong type, the silent type, but we’re never really described as sexy.

There’s a real generalization to what I’m saying. In general, the word sexy doesn’t apply to black men particular. In a script, they won’t say a sexy black man they’ll say a muscular black man, an intense black guy….good looking but they won’t say sexy. In that case the word has been thrown at me a few times so I have to say I own it, fine. If it gives me and black men another definition then great, I’ll live with that.

Oh…I think you own “sexy” very well, Idris.

Check out Idris Elba’s interview with the Life Files. Do you agree with his claims that Black men aren’t typically labeled at “sexy”? 


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