Not since the Unbearable Whiteness of Santa debate of 2013 has someone been so invested in arguing so definitively about the race of a fictional character. But Rush Limbaugh just has a problem with Idris Elba playing James Bond (which, come on, would be cool) because James Bond just is white, okay?
(Sidenote: does Limbaugh also think it’s sacrilege for the new Annie to be played by a young black actress instead of a white redhead?)
Back from break today, Limbaugh addressed the outcry over his controversial comments and insisted, “James Bond’s white. He’s a fictional character created by Ian Fleming and he’s white.”
He asserted, again, that casting a black man as James Bond would be like casting a white guy as President Obama or a black woman as Gwyneth Paltrow (not pointing out the obvious difference that they are real people, as opposed to James Bond, who is a fictional character).
Correction: For the record, in his original comments, Limbaugh did, in fact, acknowledge that Bond is a fictional character and the others are not. But he continued to make the same point today and presented the situations as analogous.
Listen to the audio below, via The Rush Limbaugh Show:
And you can listen to the audio of Limbaugh’s original comments here:
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