Last month, Idris Elba revealed that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19, which he might have gotten from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Trudeau. Then Idris’ wife Sabrina Dowhre tested positive for COVID-19. Idris has successfully recovered, which was possibly helped by the fact that he was reportedly asymptomatic from start to finish, and he’s been chilling out in isolation ever since. Idris kept everyone thoroughly updated on his coronavirus journey, and he’s not done talking COVID. The bad news for Idris is that he recently made a suggestion that didn’t go over so well with some people. I’m guessing Idris didn’t get the memo that the general public’s desire for celebrity COVID-19 advice has been dropping pretty fast.
Sky News says the Associated Press spoke to Idris and Sabrina, who are recently-appointed UN Goodwill Ambassadors, after their appearance on the One World: Together at Home event that happened over the weekend. Idris was asked about what it was like to have tested positive for COVID-19, and he reiterated that both he and Sabrina’s cases were “very mild.” It sounds like the lockdown has had more of an impact on Idris. He suggested that it’s important we all “remember this time” after we’re released from self-isolation, and he thinks we should do so by channeling our inner bear and hibernating every year.
“It’s been about six weeks from the beginning to this point right now for us, where it’s essentially our lives turned around. Definitely scary and unsettling and nervous. And I think that’s been like a real collected world experience. You know, everyone’s sort of feeling the way we have been feeling, but it has definitely been sort of just a complete upheaval.
I think that the world should take a week of quarantine every year just to remember this time. Remember each other. I really do. I think it’s…other species use it. It’s called hibernation. But it does remind you that the world doesn’t tick on your time.”
Because Idris Elba is officially a VSM (very sexy man), he can get away with doing almost anything stupid. Almost. The Daily Mail says it wasn’t long before the internet started dragging Idris’ Annual Quarantine Week proposal. The general consensus was that it’s easy to take a week off when you don’t have to worry about money and you have an ideal living situation.
Rich people have no idea what missing 1 week’s wages does to the poor.
— NomT (@NomtZ1) April 20, 2020
Idris Elba: This was fun, guys, we should do it again sometime! https://t.co/VD7cL8vYEh
— Peter Berry (@PeterBerry91) April 20, 2020
idris elba also thought doing the movie cats was a good idea so.. https://t.co/v3gjySbtwQ
— zak (@zakareeee) April 20, 2020
good to see idris elba has read the hunger games during quarantine https://t.co/PQyVKmLFsD
— geo 🐞🐢💜 (@georgiajxnes) April 20, 2020
I get what Idris is trying to say, but do we really need to isolate for one week every year to remember what the COVID-19 pandemic was like? I don’t need to force myself to remember. I will think of the coronavirus every time I see a can of salmon. I can only go to the grocery store once a week, and the only thing I can get is canned fucking salmon. Ugh, with its slimy, jizzy skin and dusty little bone nuggets. Canned salmon will haunt me for the rest of my days.