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Idris Elba Pushes Back Against Rumor That Stars Are Paid To Say They Have Coronavirus

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By Savannah Pointer

Actor Idris Elba pushed back against the conspiracy theory that there were some celebrities paid to report that they had contracted COVID-19, or the coronavirus.

The actor and his wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, have both tested positive for the highly contagious respiratory infection.

"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 told his followers on an Instagram live. "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," Elba added. "I think that the negativity around test-shaming is counterproductive.”

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Elba Set The Record Straight

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“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.

"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, whose wife Sabrina Dhowre, also tested positive, added that he's "not an actor right now."

"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 Hobbs & Shaw star explained. "I don't feel like I'm privileged because I got a test because I actually contracted it."

Elba Was Interviewed By Oprah About His Experience

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Oprah Winfrey talks CoVid-19, or Coronavirus, in a show that will soon be streaming on Apple TV+.

The former daytime TV host is looking to speak to those who’ve had the virus and what the rest of us can do to avoid it, and the show will be available in more than 100 countires, according to USA Today.

Winfrey is looking to not only answer questions but debunk some of the avidly prolific myths that have been circling this deadly virus.

Oprah Questioned Both the Elbas About What COVID-19 Is Like


"Like millions of people all over the world, I've been staying safer at home for over a week now," Winfrey tweeted. "I know a lot of people are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, & uncertain. Bc of that, I want to offer some hope & gather thought leaders & people going through it to add some perspective."

Winfrey is addressing the issue on the minds of many Americans as the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe. Elba like many celebs is encouraging fans to practice social distancing.

Winfrey Called COVID-19 ‘Bit Test for Our Humanity’

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In the video clip shared by Winfrey, she opened her first episode saying, "This is a big test for our humanity. We have an opportunity, in the midst of all our fears and disruption, to really rise."

“The interview was an exclusive of sorts: Elba, who along with Dhowre, is currently quarantined in New Mexico, where he had been due to start filming a new project,” USA Today went on.

The actor also told Winfrey that he has been avoiding "the sort of mainstream media in terms of doing interviews."

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