*Oprah Winfrey sat down with BBC’s Will Gompertz and detailed how no one is above the racism that still exists in this world today … not even the President of the United States, Barack Obama.
“There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African American,” she said, according to The New York Daily News. “There’s no question about that. And it’s the kind of thing no one ever says, but everybody’s thinking it.”
Winfrey, 59, used the example of Republican congressman Joe Wilson shouting out “you’re a liar” during a 2009 speech President Obama gave. “Remember that?” she asked Gompertz.
The media mogul was promoting her movie “The Butler,” which debuted in theaters in the U.K. and Ireland on Nov. 15, and naturally the conversation turned to historical references of slavery and bigotry from the past and now.
“It would be foolish to not recognize that we have evolved and that we’re not still facing the same kind of terrorism against black people en masse as was displayed with the Scottsboro boys,” she said drawing reference to the film “12 Years a Slave.” “It’s gotten better.”
Still, she remarked that there are places all over the world from Africa to Russia to the South, where she was born and raised, that people are scrutinized simply because of the color of their skin. But unlike the past there are laws in place to try and protect people from that today.
“If I’d been born five years earlier, none, not any of the benefits that I’ve been blessed to be successful with would have occurred,” Winfrey, who was born in 1954 in Mississippi, said.
However, she pointed out that despite the progress the underlying problems of racism are far from solved.
Movies like “The Butler” and “12 Years a Slave” don’t paint a picture of the racism that existed in the past to show us that everything is great today, she said. Instead those films define the root of the problem that sadly still runs rampant in our society.
“That’s where it all started, this is how far we’ve come, and this is how much further we need to go,” she said. “Of course, the problem is not solved.”
Winfrey feels that these dilemmas will remain unsolved until the deep rooted bigoted thoughts of class and race and the just cause of human indecency that comes along with it and has been taught throughout so many generations fades away.
“There are still generations of older people who were born and breed and marinated in that prejudice and racism and they just have to die,” she added.
*No doubt Idris Elba is a hot commodity and could probably be successful in any market he desires. But some say his future may be limited in Hollywood.
American agencies want to sign the star of BBC’s “Luther” but some doubt he could have the same type of success as he did in Europe.
Slowly but surely he’s been transitioning from the British entertainment market to the American Hollywood scene, and it looks like he’s just about completed the process.
He left UTA earlier in the year and could be signing with WWE or CAA.
UTA was a great agency for the actor; and signed him to some major projects like “Prometheus,” “Thor,” Pacific Rim” and “Mandela.” Yet we all want to see him in bigger roles; in films with larger budgets.
Some say his full potential has not yet been realized.
*Congress may wanna look to Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel for some inspiration these days.
After a Twitter war resulting from a sketch mocking West, the two sat down face to face Wednesday night on Kimmel’s show and had a civil conversation in which ‘Ye calmly explained to Kimmel why his “creative genius” should not be mocked.
West, per The Hollywood Reporter, said he’d been frustrated with the press in general, a.k.a., “Every person who feels it’s ok to treat celebrities like zoo animals.”
Kimmel told West: A lot of times, I think you bring it on yourself, this kind of misunderstanding about you. …A lot of people think you’re a jerk and I often in my own personal conversations say ‘no, I know this guy, he is not a jerk’.”
West said: “I’m totally weird. I’m totally honest and I’m totally inappropriate sometimes. For me to say I wasn’t a genius — I would just be lying to you and to myself,” he said.
The whole Kanye/Kimmel feud started when the late night host recreated the video of ‘Ye’s Radio 1 interview with the BBC’s Zane Lowe, using two children as Kanye and Zane. After being mocked in the video, which went viral last month, Kanye posted on Twitter: “Jimmy Kimmel is out of line to try and spoof in any way the first piece of honest media in years.” The rapper then wrote a number of further tweets, criticizing the Kimmel and the sketch.
On Wednesday, both assured viewers that their beef was not a publicity stunt.
West told Kimmel of the Zane interview: “I was really vocal about a lot of things that I’ve been dealing with over the past ten years when I was put in the classification of ‘just a celebrity.’
“I say things the wrong way a lot of times, but my intention is always positive.”
Later on, Kimmel gave West, 36, a tiny leather jogging pants for his baby, North West, with Kim Kardashian. If you recall, in the Zane interview, West ranted about Fendi having the audacity to turn down his idea for leather jogging pants.
Ironically, West admitted he hadn’t even watched Kimmel’s BBC mockery in full before attacking the late-night host.
Watch West’s appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” below.
Idris Elba as Det. John Luther in BBC and BBC America’s “Luther”
*Idris Elba’s troubled detective John Luther could be heading for the big screen, according to creator Neil Cross.
The writer admitted the BBC TV series was “finished” because Elba had “gone on to be a big movie star,” playing Nelson Mandela in the forthcoming biopic “Long Walk To Freedom.”
But he said he hoped the character could be revived in a film prequel.
“I’ve written the script and we hope to get the film made next year,” he told the Edinburgh Television Festival. “Idris is a brilliant leading man and we’ve hoped to turn Luther into a movie for a long time. It will follow his career in the earlier days, when he is still married to Zoe, and the final scene in the film is the first of the initial TV series.”
Making the film as a prequel would allow Cross to resurrect some of the characters who left the TV series, often in violent circumstances.
The writer has already explored this territory in a novel, The Calling, which focuses on a traumatic case involving a child killer and culminates in the detective receiving a seven-month suspension.
Elba has expressed an interest in turning the story into a film before, telling audiences at a BAFTA preview for “Luther’s” third series it was “definitely a goal.”
He said the film would explore “who Luther is and where he’s come from.”
“We do want a new audience, but we also want to keep the fans interested, so we have to tread very carefully.”
Elba, who was born in Canning Town, east London, made his name playing Stringer Bell, the drug-dealing anti-hero of HBO’s “The Wire.” He previously had parts on the West End stage and in Channel 5 soap opera Family Affairs before moving to New York to pursue bigger roles.
The 40-year-old won a Golden Globe for best actor in a mini-series for his role in “Luther,” which made its debut on BBC One in 2011 and has become popular around the world.
His co-star in the series, Ruth Wilson, may also be set for a spin-off show based on her character Alice Morgan – a murderer who becomes the detective’s confidante.
“The BBC is very interested in the project,” Cross told Variety magazine last year.
“The truth is I absolutely adore Alice! We’re kind of thinking very loosely of a mix between ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ and ‘The Last Seduction.’”
Season 3 of “Luther” premieres Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 10/9c on BBC America. Watch the trailer below.
Singer Robin Thicke at Bristol Farms grocery store in Beverly Hills. (July 1, 2013)
*The Icona Pop song “I Love It” – the ubiquitousditty where the two girls scream, “I! Don’t! Care!…I Love It!” – was slowed down and given a serious R&B groove by Robin Thicke earlier this month – and the remake has gone viral. [Scroll down to watch.]
Thicke, whose current single “Blurred Lines” made chart history overseas, delivered his stripped-down version of “I Love It” during a visit to the BBC’s Radio 1 Live Lounge in London.