- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2020

Actor Idris Elba, one of the first celebrities to test positive for the novel coronavirus, said during a new interview that the pandemic is Earth’s revenge against the human race.

The “Luther” star, who is self-isolating with his wife who also tested positive, sat down for a video interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday and he spoke about how the illness opened his eyes to how humans had “damaged” the world.

“One of the upsides of this whole drama is that we are forced to think together as a race,” Mr. Elba said, The Independent reported. “Our world has been taking a kicking. We have damaged our world, and it’s no surprise that our world is reacting to the human race.

“There’s no surprise that a virus has been created that is going to slow us down, and ultimately make us think differently about our world and ourselves,” he continued. “For me, that’s a stand-out thing that’s really obvious. This is almost like the world’s cry out. Like: ‘Hey, hey, hey — you’re kicking me, you know, and what you’re doing is not good, so I’ll get rid of you,’ — as any organism would do, is try to get rid of an infection. And maybe this is it for the world.”

Ms. Winfrey agreed that the coronavirus pandemic had presented humans with a valuable teaching moment.

“And this is the moment for our humanity to either rise or not,” she added.

Sunday’s interview was conducted as part of Ms. Winfrey’s new Apple TV+ series “Oprah Talks COVID-19.”

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