Calls for more diversity in photos accompanying articles calling for more diversity

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News outlets have been accused of hypocrisy after equal rights groups revealed that articles calling for greater diversity in television are only ever illustrated with photos of Idris Elba.

“Look, we understand why you would want to use Mr Elba in your articles,” explained equality activist, Simon Williams.

“He’s suave, he’s charming, he looks like he knows how to whittle a birdhouse from scratch – but that’s the problem; people can’t compete with him.

“It’s hard enough coming from a minority background without the added pressure of buying bespoke Armani suits just so you don’t look like Urkel’s sex-pestier younger brother.”

Some media agencies admit to being at fault.

“We’re sorry. It’s just, Idris Elba is so cool; we thought even those racists too dumb to deny voting BNP would want to have him round for a BBQ as their token black friend,” declared Guardian editor Frank Cheney.

“You know, trying to make them a bit less racist through the back door. We’ll do better in the future.”

Other outlets have been more reluctant to accept criticism.

“Look we had Lenny Henry in our articles for years, plus there’s that bloke that does the news. That’s three whole black people; Rome wasn’t built in a day,” said BBC spokesperson Tracey Edwards.

Idris Elba, a 1980’s Flake advert brought to life with a voice so smooth it’s produced more sodden knickers than the laundry department of the Titanic, is known for his starring roles in Luther, Thor and your wife’s dreams.