If your comments are prefaced by “I know it’s racist to probably even point this out … ” then there’s a good chance that what you’re about to say is racist.
That being said, we are talking about Rush Limbaugh here. So of course, he said it anyway.
The conservative radio host shared his hot take on one of the more interesting pieces of information to come out of the massive Sony Pictures hack. Private e-mails revealed in the data breach reportedly showed that Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal wanted to cast British actor Idris Elba as James Bond after Daniel Craig’s run as the fictional character is over.
Limbaugh, who admitted that he is not at all familiar with Elba or his work, began by pointing out, “I’m not sure how you pronounce the guy’s name.”
Okay, then. With that out of the way, he proceeded to mansplain in earnest.
“Here’s the thing, though, James Bond is a fictional character obviously,” Limbaugh said during his broadcast Tuesday, according to a recording posted by the liberal site Media Matters. “James Bond was created by Ian Fleming, a former spy for MI6. And James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming. He was white and he was Scottish. Period. That is who James Bond is.”
Yes, and …
“The franchise needs to get with it, right? The franchise needs to get hip,” Limbaugh said, his voice dripping with sarcasm. “Bond was never black. Ian Fleming never created a black Brit to play James Bond. He was always white, he was always Scottish, he always drank vodka.”
To further prove his point, Limbaugh mentions rapper Jay-Z and his “favorite drink,” Cristal, for no discernible reason.
Then he proceeds to float real-life black people who should be played by white actors, including President Obama, Nelson Mandela and former secretary of state Colin Powell.
Tired yet? Well, there’s more!
Limbaugh knows what you’re thinking. He knows that sometimes movies about fictional characters are remade to feature black characters instead of white ones, like the recently remade “Annie” movie. Limbaugh also noted that Whitney Houston’s “Preacher’s Wife” movie was actually a remake of the 1947 film “Bishop’s Wife.”
But he’s still not happy about it.
“Sometimes a story is just a story, but we can always make it better … we can always be more fair, we can always be more equal about it,” Limbaugh added. “So, fine and dandy. George Clooney and Kate Hudson as Barack and Michelle Obama and you can have Idris Elba as James Bond. We’ll trade up.”