New James Bond author Anthony Horowitz probably wishes he could redo a recent interview, during which he said that Idris Elba is “too street” to play the iconic spy.
“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,” the “Trigger Mortis” author continued. “Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”
By the time of this writing on Tuesday morning, “Idris Elba” was the top-trending Twitter topic — and the vast majority of the responses were anywhere but in Horowitz’s corner.
Below are 11 of our favorite tweets mocking the quote. Elba is not booked to play the new Bond, but fans have started a noisy grassroots campaign to get producers to consider the “Wire” star for the role.
idris elba could play my mom in a biopic and i’d be fine with it
— jorge farah (@everyist) September 1, 2015
Idris Elba is “too street” …. WHAT STREET DO YOU LIVE ON
— Mikelle Street (@MikelleStreet) September 1, 2015
So Idris Elba is too ‘Street’ says Anthony Horowitz. A wealthy, privately educated man who probably calls a street a ‘boulevard.’
— THE STUDIO EXEC (@studioexec1) 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
Idris Elba isn’t “too street”. I’m more street than he is and I’m a white girl living on the border between Rochester & Pontiac. FFS.
— LL Cool Hay ♡ (@halcyonranger) September 1, 2015
Today we will be mad about: (reaches into hat) A James Bond writer says (reaches into hat) Idris Elba is (reaches into hat) too street.
— Daniel Ralston (@danielralston) September 1, 2015