Apparently Oscar-winning actors are not enough to make up for whitewashing history. It’s beginning to look like any film set in ancient Egypt during biblical times will automatically be criticized for whitewashing its characters for the mainstream audiences.
The Huffington Post reports that the upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings is the latest feature to catch negative feedback from movie watchers who have taken their anger to Twitter with the hashtag: #BoycottExodusMovie
The cast of Exodus is a mostly white affair with Christian Bale and Sigourney Weaver among the actors portraying kings, queens and prophets. On the other side, slaves, servants and low-class civilians appearing in the Ridley Scott-directed film are played by actors of color, the Post noted.
In addition to the film’s entertainers, set design for Exodus has generated criticism for offensive transformation.
News of the whitewashing of Exodus is shining a light on a long-standing issue in Hollywood, where whitewashing has been a regular thing over the years. Case in point: Elizabeth Taylor playing Cleopatra in 1963.
Exodus: Gods & Kings is set to arrive in theaters in December.