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Idris Elba Responds To Cardi B's 'Stupid' Claim That Celebrities Are Paid To Say They Have Coronavirus

Rae Batchelor 25 Mar 2020

There is a lot of misinformation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, and celebrities are not above the pull of conspiracy theories or other wrong facts.

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Rapper Cardi B in a lengthy Instagram video shared her theory that celebrities saying they had been tested sounded like a sales pitch.

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“I’m starting to feel like y’all paying [expletive] to say that they got it,” she claimed in the video, in which she was wearing a face mask. “If y’all are paying [expletive] to say that they got it, pay me too.”

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Idris Elba, an actor, seemed to take this personally, as he recently uploaded a video confirming his own positive diagnosis.

In a video on Twitter, Idris explained, "I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus," which had many feeling that it was unfair that Idris received a test despite showing no symptoms when others with symptoms are being turned back from tests.

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"I think that the negativity around test-shaming is counterproductive. I don’t see what people get out of that," Idris said on Instagram in response to these feelings.

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"And also this idea that someone like myself is gonna be paid to say I’ve got coronavirus? That’s absolute [expletive]. Such stupidness. People want to spread that as if it's news," Idris responded to Cardi's claim on Instagram Live.

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"That’s stupid," he continued.

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"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,” he concluded.

It seems that Idris has put a rest to that rumor, although Cardi has not yet responded.

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