Idris Elba was not paid to say he has coronavirus.
The actor, who recently revealed that he and his wife Sabrina tested positive for the disease, took to Instagram Live to shut down a conspiracy by Cardi B claiming that celebrities are getting paid to say they have the virus.
“I think the negativity around ‘test shaming’ is counterproductive,” Elba said. “I don’t see what people get out of that. Also this idea that someone like myself is going to be paid to say I’ve got coronavirus, that’s, like, absolute bulls—, such stupidness.”
“People want to spread that as if it’s news. It’s stupid,” he continued. “It’s the quickest way to get people sick that way. 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.”
On her own IG Live, Cardi said that the A-listers who have come out as COVID-19 positive have started “sounding like a motherf—ing Flat Tummy Tea commercial,” referring to the detox tea that influencers are often paid to promote on social media.
— brandnewhiphop (@brandnewhiphop3) March 24, 2020