Idris Elba slams 'stupid' celebrity Covid-19 theory

Carla Harmon
March 26, 2020

British Actor Idris Elba hit out at a "conspiracy theory" that claimed that he and other celebrities were getting paid to give false statements about contracting the COVID-19.

Cardi B claimed celebs might be being paid to say they have coronavirus.... A clip from a video where she says "coronavirus" has even been made into a viral song that has topped the iTunes Charts.

Idris went on, "I think the negativity around test-shaming is counterproductive".

On testing, he said: "It shouldn't be about whether the rich or poor gets it. I don't feel like I'm privileged because I got a test because I actually contracted it".


The Hoobes and Shaw star seemingly blasted the "I Like It" musician's accusations in an Instagram Live video alongside wife Sabrina Dhowre, who also tested positive for coronavirus a week after her husband.

"Also, this idea that someone like myself is gonna be paid to say 'I've got coronavirus, ' that's, like, absolute bulls***", Elba declared. Because we don't have enough [tests] to test everybody.' But if a celebrity is saying, 'Hey, listen, I don't have no symptoms. I don't see what people get out of that. "And they're tough decisions to make", Sabrina Elba said. "I don't understand that", Elba told his followers. "Such stupidness and people wanna spread that as if it's like news".

Elba wrote on Twitter, "This morning I tested positive for Covid 19".

Elba previously explained he was screened for the virus, despite having no symptoms, after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive. "How am I supposed to know I got it because sometimes I be like, 'If y'all have a cough, you have it, '" she exclaimed.


While speaking with Oprah for an episode of "Oprah Talks: COVID-19" on Apple TV, he also warned of the dangers of spreading misinformation.

"We're in a high altitude it could be that I'm confusing seasonal allergies as maybe symptoms but I don't feel anything that would come to what people would now expect to be a symptom of coronavirus, which is very unusual", she said. "I will keep you updated on how I'm doing No panic".

She said celebrities without symptoms who say they have tested positive for coronavirus are causing "confusion" for the public, many of whom do not have the luxury to retreat to a large house to isolate.


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