Idris Elba’s Juneteenth Shirt Sparks Controversy, He Deletes It & Responds: When Your Own People Weren’t W/ It


Idris Elba’s Juneteenth Shirt Sparks Controversy, He Deletes It & Responds: When Your Own People Weren’t W/ It

Idris Elba celebrated Juneteenth with a controversial shirt that garnered lots of backlash on social media.

Originating in Texas, the special day, June 19th, is on its way to being a national holiday in several states.

Idris Elba joined the festivities by wearing his own Juneteenth shirt, which read, “take my art, culture, fashion, science, music” but crosses out life. Many users on social media were not happy with the t-shirt, and have been criticizing the actor on the outfit choice.


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Since then, Idris Elba has deleted the shirt. He shared a photo of a black t-shirt with the words “Deleted” and added the cryptic caption,

“When your own people weren’t with it.”

He also defended himself when a critic said he doesn’t “understand” because he’s a “black Brit.”

He wrote,

“My grandpa was born in Kansas City and fought for America. Peace and love.”

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Authored by: Chelsea Adjalla