Commentary by Alyssa Pereira

Political commentator and angry bag of marshmallow fluff Rush Limbaugh went on the record this week to respond to rumors that the next James Bond would in fact be played by the exceptionally prolific and highly successful Idris Elba.

You see, Limbaugh does not think Elba should play James Bond, because James Bond has always been white and must always be white or else Hollywood will undoubtedly collapse unto itself.

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“James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming. He was white and Scottish. Period. That is who James Bond is, was,” Limbaugh said. “But now [they’re] suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Britain, rather than a white from Scotland. But that’s not who James Bond is and I know it’s racist to probably point this out.”

Yes, yes it is probably racist, Rush.

To support his claim that James Bond must be white, he compared the potential casting with the absurd idea that George Clooney and Kate Hudson might one day portray Barack and Michelle Obama. While there are many problems with this comparison already, the biggest one is this: James Bond has been portrayed by many actors, who—believe it—are all totally different people!

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While it’s true that all actors so far have been portrayed by white men, almost all of them have not been Scottish: Daniel Craig was English, Brosnan was Irish, and Lazenby was Australian, just to name a few.

So maybe, actually, the idea of James Bond being played by a different Englishman would actually be pretty great. Period.

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