Gal Gadot Faces ‘Whitewashing’ Backlash After Being Cast As Egyptian Queen

People are annoyed because Gal Gadot isn’t a POC, but neither was Cleopatra.

When Gal Gadot announced the other day that she was teaming up with ‘Wonder Woman’ director Patty Jenkins and ‘Shutter Island’ screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis to do a film on the life of Cleopatra, you’d think that was something people would be happy about…

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After all, it’s a film written, directed by, and starring women. And it’s a film about one of the most powerful and influential women in the history of the world. The 1963 Cleopatra film starring Elizabeth Taylor was apparently a flop, so what could be better than a group of women teaming up in 2020 to set that right and make a proper film about female empowerment in a male dominated industry?

Funnily enough Twitter did find a problem with it – the fact that an Israeli or “white” woman had been cast to play an Egyptian queen. Even though Cleopatra herself was Greek. Here’s just some of the reaction Gal Gadot’s casting received:

People hear “Egypt” and automatically think “black” or “Arabic”, but Cleopatra was the Queen of Egypt during the Ptolemaic Dynasty, which was Greek. Her parents, Ptolemy XII Neos Dionysos Philopator Philadelphos and Cleopatra V, were Greek (well at least 3/4 Greek). Which means you can’t really make a good argument for why it’s ethically wrong for an Israeli to play Cleopatra in a film.

Fortunately there were some sensible people about to set the record straight:

Let’s not even get into how stupid it is to think that you can’t play a character in a movie unless you’re essentially identical to them IRL, which is what some of these Twitter loons seem to think. Not to mention you know Gal Gadot is gonna smash this role out of the park, so why not just enjoy the show instead of trying to kick up an issue that isn’t even there.

It’s just idiotic to argue about the race, culture, religion or sexual orientation of actors who get paid to pretend to be other people. If these are the sorts of things that bother you, then do yourself a favour and stop watching movies. That’s all your problems solved right there!

For the time feminists were pissed that Gal Gadot didn’t have any armpit hair on show in Wonder Women, click HERE. Seems things haven’t changed much.


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