Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Backlash Against Exodus: Gods and Kings!

Exodus: Gods And Kings is universally panned by critics for lacking diversity in its main cast.

The Huffington Post reports that Ridley Scott's movie Exodus: Gods and Kings is facing a backlash for not hiring minorities as characters.

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” is the most recent film to face backlash regarding the portrayal of characters from the Bible and the entertainment industry. Director Ridley Scott’s film has so far been met with a furious Twitter storm armed with the its very own hashtag: #BoycottExodusMovie.

The “Exodus” cast’s leading lineup of kings, queens and prophets are all played by white actors such as Christian Bale and Sigourney Weaver, but the the slaves, servants and low-class civilians are played by actors of color.

The Sydney Morning Herald and Christian Today reported that the casting of white actors in nonwhite roles were being protested.

Ridley Scott faces backlash.
Four white actors were cast to play the lead roles: Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Ramses II, Sigourney Weaver as Queen Tuya, and Aaron Paul as Joshua. Tariq Nasheed, who has made productions about race, protested the casting, "The storyline takes place in ancient Africa, but all the African Kings and Gods are portrayed by white actors and all the slaves, thieves and 'lower class' Egyptians are played by Black actors." Sydney Morning Herald also reported the online community's observations that the Great Sphinx of Giza in the film has a European profile.

Christian Today reported that an online petition was underway. It also compared Exodus to the 1956 film The Ten Commandments with its all-white cast and said, "The racial climate, number of black actors, and opportunities provided to then were very different in 1956, however."

I understand that in a country where a majority of Whites dominate, doesn't Egyptians kind of look brown?

And to make this clear, do you actually have to see the movie. It's already panned by critics for being diversity lacked. It's probably going to be a bomb now cause people are upset over a movie cast.

It's the power of the freedom of speech. Boycotting movies, individuals, laws and public places are common among activism from both the left and the right.

Will you watch the movie?

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