Idris Elba poses in the press room at the BET Awards '11 held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles

*The press room of the BET Awards is always a madhouse of press folk from every nook and cranny of the black media diaspora.

After Idris Elba’s appearance during Jill Scott’s performance on Sunday, he took the mic backstage and was asked a variety of questions – from his favorite artists, to the mixtapes he releases periodically on the web, to the inevitable Stringer Bell query. A British journalist even asked if he would “say happy birthday to Cheryl” — which he did, by the way, without the reporter ever explaining who she was.

But it was a question from Black Press Radio that appeared to test the “Luther” star’s patience the most.

The reporter asked him to “justify” his recent comments about Tyler Perry.

Jill Scott and Idris Elba perform onstage during the BET Awards '11 held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles

As previously reported, Elba was chosen as a guest speaker for the Lens Project’s “Artist Spotlight” series at Rutgers University in February and gave his opinion on a variety of topics.

Asked about the Spike Lee/Tyler Perry feud, Elba told the audience, “Can I be candid? I don’t like all of Tyler Perry’s films. Yes, I did work with Tyler for ‘Daddy’s Little Girls’ because it portrayed a positive image of a black father. I am happy for Tyler’s success…we need Tyler Perry…by going to support his movies, we need to show economic strength. But we are also responsible for elevating film. I’m not with buffoonish characters like Madea or Big Momma.”

Cut to Sunday in the BET Awards ’11 press room….


Idris Elba loses patience over Tyler Perry question by CherieNic