The casting controversy surrounding Ridley Scott’s new movie Exodus: Gods and Kings still rages on and rightfully so. Ridley has been accused of “whitewashing” history by choosing an all white leading cast to star in the biblical epic set in ancient Egypt, Africa.
In response to the criticism Ridley said:
“I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say my lead actor is Mohammed so-and-so from such-and-such. “I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.”
So basically Ridley couldn’t risk casting lead actors/actresses who would have been visually historically accurate, but there was enough money in the budget to cast “Mohammed so-and-so from such-and-such” as a slave and thief.
This sorry excuse is almost laughable. Hollywood has been getting away with this level of nonsense and racism for years, so it comes as no surprise that it is still happening in 2014. But at least those who were in doubt now know where they stand. Thank you Ridley.
Media monster Rupert Murdoch, head of 21st Century Fox which is distributing the film, jumped to Ridley’s defence and tweeted:
This billionaire octogenarian’s ignorance is astounding.
An online petition has now been set up calling for the public to boycott Exodus: Gods and Kings.
CLICK HERE to sign the petition.
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