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Idris Elba Slams 'Stupid' Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

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By    |   Wednesday, 25 March 2020 10:43 AM

Idris Elba slammed “stupid” conspiracy theories that say celebrities are getting paid to say they have coronavirus.

The actor, who tested positive for the virus last week, condemned the fake news while addressing claims that testing is readily available to the wealthy but not to disadvantaged community members.

"I think the debate about rich and poor and who's getting it and who's not, I think, is not a healthy debate," Elba said on Instagram Live, per Entertainment Tonight. "It's like, I got a test but, I also got COVID. Does that make me preferential? I don't understand that."

Elba, who starred in the TV hit “Luther" and blockbuster movie "Avengers: Infinity War," said the situation should not be "about whether rich or poor gets it" and that the negativity surrounding the "test-shaming" was not a productive stance.

"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 said.

"People wanna spread that as if it's news. That's stupid," he continued. "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."

Elba added that he was "not an actor right now," as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread.

"I'm 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," the said. "I don't feel like I'm privileged because I got a test because I actually contracted it."

Last week Elba announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus and may have been infected by someone "in the public eye" and although no one was named, reports suggested it could have been Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.

Elba explained he had been exposed to COVID-19 on March 4. That same day he posed for a photo with Sophie -- who tested positive last week — during a charity event in London, according to Page Six.

"That’s when the person that came up positive, that was the time I got in contact with that person," he said in a video shared to Twitter.

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