LOS ANGELES: Actor Idris Elba, who recently announced that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus, slammed all the rumors of getting paid to say that he was infected and called it a "bullsh*t" theory.
For a few days, a story was making rounds that claimed that all the celebs, who claimed to be positive of the disease, were actually getting paid to say that. However, in a live Instagram chat with his followers, the actor shut all those accusations referring to it as an unhealthy debate.
Slamming such baseless blame, the 47-year-old actor said, "I think the debate about rich and poor and who's getting it and who's not, I think, is not a healthy debate. It's like, I got a test but I also got COVID. Does that make me preferential? I don't understand that. It shouldn't be about whether rich or poor gets it. I think that the negativity around test-shaming is counterproductive. I don't see what people get out of that. And also this idea that someone like myself is gonna be paid to say I've got coronavirus, that's absolute bullsh*t. Such stupidness."
He continued, "People wanna spread that as if it's news. That's stupid. It's the quickest way to get people sick because there's no benefit to me and Sabrina sitting here saying we've got it or we ain't got it. I don't even understand the logic of that."
He referred to his wife Sabrina Dhowre who also tested positive for COVID-19. He added that he is not an actor at the moment but, "just a human being and I just happen to be in the public eye. So I want people to understand that this is very real. I don't feel like I'm privileged because I got a test because I actually contracted it."
Rapper Cardi B shared a conspiracy theory earlier this month which said all the celebrities who are saying that they tested positive for COVID-19 are paid.