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Will You Join The Boycott ‘Exodus’ Movement? (Or You Don’t Care)

Will You Join The Boycott 'Exodus' Movement? (Or You Don't Care)

Oh
boy here we go again!

So, no doubt, you’ll remember that piece I wrote back in
April regarding Noah, and the reasons why, according to the co-screenwriter, there were no black people, or people of color in the film (HERE). You should, since it’s
gotten over 900 comments so far and still counting.

When it comes to movies, the Bible and the representation of
black people, you put all those 3 together, and it’s a winning combination.
Which makes me curious about what the reaction will be, when I tell you about the ongoing "Boycott ‘Exodus’" movement on social media right now.

In case you haven’t heard, Fox is getting on the Biblical
movie bandwagon, and releasing, this Christmas, "Exodus: Gods and Kings," directed by
Ridley Scott, and starring Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton, Arron Paul,
John Turturro,  Ben Kingsley and
Sigourney Weaver.

And of course the first thing that you notice is that
there are no black people, or POC in the cast. Well, actually that’s not exactly
true. There’s Kingsley (whose real name is Krishna Pandit Bhanji, the son of an
Indian Ismali Muslim, and an English mother); and, as you can see in the image above, there are black people in the film – as slaves and servants.

Commenting on the casting selection for the film, writer
Ryan Herring said, in a piece he wrote for Sojouners (HERE), that: "Some
things never change. In Hollywood, whitewashing, also known as racebending, is
one of many longstanding tradition…Historically, this practice was used to
discriminate against actors, both male and female, of color…. While maybe not
as controversial or blatant today, the practice of whitewashing still continues
in Hollywood…[where] roles from scripts that clearly call for a person of
color are given to white actors."

He continued to say that: "Throughout the history of European imperialism and colonialism
this type of indoctrination was present. Depictions of white only Biblical
figures were intentionally used to subconsciously indoctrinate the false belief
of white divinity (and therefore superiority) upon the minds of the oppressed
and conquered."

Not surprisingly, as a result, a #BoycottExodusMovie campaign
was started on Twitter and other social media, as a response, and comments
have been coming in, like these:

  • Aren’t
    there enough black actors? If it’s to find black actors to act slave roles
    they’ll find but never as pharoahs #BoycottExodusMovie

  • #BoycottExodusMovie
    its 2014 and Hollywood are still portraying ancient Egyptian royalty as white
    people? FOH.(F… Outta Here – had to look that up)

  • Whitewashed
    cast with black people cast as slaves in ANCIENT EGYPT? You’re joking.
    #BoycottExodusMovie

So what about you? Are you sick and tired of this? Will
you be boycotting the film? Or do you
think it’s just standard procedure in Hollywood, and you couldn’t care less?

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Comments

charles finley

e1b1a that says it all. They are all pagans from Europe. Blacks left the holy land back in the bible times, and in 1948 they came back white. Lets make our own movie about us the real e1b1a The black jews. Not the fake.

Gia

I think that it shouldn’t mater who plays in the movie never in history was there a black Pharoah. If you don’t like who is in it then don’t watch it now one wants to hear your whining.

Kurtis Williams

It discuss me that Hollywood knows how to put black faces on slavery movies instead of showing us in our glory in Egyptian movies etc. I feel that black people/actors are selling themselves & us out. For movie directors to show how we have been mistreated in the (white man’s) hands clearly portraits white power. There should be a band to these ideas- thou shall not hear,see,or speak evil. You are not learning anything from these visions but torture tactics. It disturbs the soul to see a woman forced to have sex or a man whipped-we don’t need to see any extra visual details,we know what they did,so we don’t have to see it. Put an end to this blasphemy and abomination.

exo

if you count the racists plus the people who don’t care ( many of those being dark skinned themselves) you’ll see that this is a lost battle . hollywood is racist, they appropriate culture ,everyone knows it ,they know it and don’t intend to change .

Jake

Let me solve this argument with 1 statement:

"White people should file a lawsuit to allow more whites into NBA basketball."

joseph mitchell

That’s our problem where r always looking for others to define us. It’s is not in thr intentions,interest our benefit. We have to make our oun statement,& stop focusing on Madea & slave movies.

joseph mitchell

To the Victor goes the spoes,we people of African descent or a conquered people and history is always dictate by the conqueres . U can never expect them to make accurate especially cause of the racial devide. If where to make accurate portrial of historical events we have to stop making movies like Madea and strat make movies of our own depicting accurate accounts. Stop depending on ur conqueres to get it correct cause that’s not thr intentions.

Leslie T.

I urge all black people and other people of color who are not represented in Hollywood to stop buying their hype. SHUT THAT SHIT DOWN!!!

Leslie T.

If you want to do something right, you should be accurate or not do it at all. Anyway Hollywood likes to distort biblical history and I will not spend one red cent and I will tell everyone I know to keep their money out of racist Hollywood. If white people do not want to see black leading people on the big screen, perhaps the producers should stop making movies that should have a predominately black cast.

Andi

Yes, because the movie trailers claim it’s based on a historic figure but archaeological finds prove otherwise.

Anon

Btw, I’m pretty sure the white actors portraying Hebrews in this movie are slaves as well, not just the black actors. That’s the whole point to the story of Moses. The Hebrews are slaves of the Egyptians and Moses liberates them. That’s right. Blacks were not the only people who were ever enslaved. Whites were enslaved by Arabs for example. Btw slavery isn’t a thing of the past. Blacks and Asians are being enslaved right now in Arab & African countries. Perhaps people should put their energy into fighting that instead of looking for racism that doesn’t exist and feeling like they’re making a difference in the world by boycotting a movie! I don’t understand why people are upset about blacks playing salve roles anyway. Was there a boycott of the movie Django unchained because a black actor was portrayed as a salve? I believe it was very successful and won the academy award for best picture.

Anon

No I won’t be boycotting exodus. I will be boycotting the new racist version of "Annie" that has changed the iconic redhead to a black girl. What a joke. Is there a petition to stop black racists from remaking classics and casting almost entirely black actors? I’ll sign that petition. I imagine if Hollywood did a movie about slavery or Martin Luther king and cast a bunch of white people as salves and perhaps made MLK a redhead, the blacks would be upset about that.

Debbie Young

The movie was a complete lie !

Amy P

BOYCOTT! Moses is played by an actor named CHRISTIAN? How about casting some JEWS???

Derek Linton

I’m definitely going to boycott the movie, in a mature manner that will be one less sale for Hollywood.

Lauren Rey

I will not be supporting this movie at all. Where can I sign up.

Matt

like i had any interest in seeing some boring biblical movie in the first place! ridley scott is an old turd who hasn’t made a good movie in years, what real interest is there in this in the first place?

Ben Franklin

mainstream media gives wider society subconscious nudges and serves as very effective propaganda. I’m a huge Ridley Scott fan, but this vision of ancient Egypt is so imbalanced and ridden with historical inaccuracies and bible fiction that I’m definitely going to boycott as a personal protest. I don’t care if it has any real effect on Fox, it is a matter of personal codes of honor. Those who frivolously toss aside this matter as cavalier race bating need to check out just how much money is spent on spreading racial and historical inaccuracies in mainstream media and just notice how ignorant wider society has become with respect to racial tensions in this country.

joseph

This is crazy

Lee

No, I won’t. Where were you when movies like "NOAH" and other biblical films were hitting the theaters in the past two years? No, I won’t boycott the film. I’ve decided to support racism in Hollywood films, instead of the hypocrisy of the protesters.

ran domguy

Who the f*** cares. If youd rather watch a movie with more of what you call "black people" (i still dont understand the concept of categorizing people by colours), then go watch another movie and quit stirring s*** up with these dumb a** articles.

Ancient Gebts

Regardless of what ethnicity the native population of Egypt (North-East Africa) was, it was ancient merchants from today’s East African regions of Ethiopia and Eritrea who founded ancient Egypt 5100 years ago.

This finally explains why the dual languages of the hieroglyphs were written in the languages of these Amara and Akele-Gezai merchants, Amarigna and Tigrigna, still spoken by over 60 million Ethiopians and Eritreans around the world (read "Amarigna & Tigrigna Qal Hieroglyphs" by Legesse Allyn).

More than 85% of the Nile River flows from Ethiopia’s Lake Tana into Egypt (the subject of some controversy today over Ethiopia building a second hydro-electric dam at the mouth of the Blue Nile River). These Amara and Akele-Ghezai merchant groups shipped food crops from the Ethiopian highlands to the Egyptian desert people of this north-east region Africa just north of Ethiopia. The Amara merchants shipped food crops to southern Egypt from Lake Tana via the Nile River and the Akele-Ghezai merchants from Zula Bay (the old Port Adulis) to northern Egypt via the Red Sea.

It also finally explains why the ancient Greeks wrote the hieroglyphic portion of the 191 BC Rosetta Stone in Amarigna and Tigrigna (read "Amarigna & Tigrigna Qal Rosetta Stone" by Legesse Allyn).

And you can see in the Papyrus of Ani (Book of the Dead) that the royal titles of ancient Egyptians, including Ras, Atseti, and Emebet, were all Ethiopian titles.

Not only that, you’ll be surprised to see that the European languages, including English, German, French, and Spanish, were all rooted in the Amarigna and Tigrigna languages(read "Amarigna & Tigrigna Qal Roots of English" by Legesse Allyn)

It is not even necessary to quote the ancient Greek historian Diodorus Siculus, who wrote that not only were Ethiopians the founders of ancient Egypt, but also that the Greek gods, including Athena, Zeus, Apollo and the others, were originally these early Ethiopian founders of ancient Egypt. This finally explains why the names of the Greek gods are written with words from the Amarigna and Tigrigna language.

Diodorus wrote, "… the Egyptians are colonists sent out by the Ethiopians.. and the forms of their letters are Ethiopian" (read "Diodorus Siculus Library of History," book III).

So even if the native Egyptians were not portrayed as Africans, it’s Ethiopian rulers should have been. Furthermore, the language they should have been speaking in the movie, with English subtitles, should have been Amarigna and Tigrigna.

debbie

Absolutely. I don’t need use my money to support racism

TJ

I won’t be watching. (I had a response that elaborated on my thoughts, but this dumb site said my comment seemed "spammy". wth)

Miles Ellison

Not if you’re there.

p3orion

By all means, I hope blacks boycott this movie, as that will mean less obnoxious behavior in the theater.

Idiot

Shouldn’t you be rioting Ferguson instead of worrying about this?

Pastor

I will NOT be attending the movie. Not because of the actor/actresses color but because like the movie NOAH, the film will NOT be Biblical. This will be just another way for Hollywood to "rewrite" the Bible.

Terrance

Making race the issue in everything has become career for those who have nothing else to offer.

anfeliyah

Egpyt was the land of ham amd ham was the progenitor od thw dark races not the negroes so why why why why these devils still lieing to the world

Vespa250

I will no pay money to see this film. Black directors need to make a film that depicts the truth about Ta Merry.

aaron jones

I wont go see it cast people the way they actually looked stop the madness

Aaron

Sick. Of. It. #BoycottExodusMovie

Ralf

The subtext in this movie: black people are all servants…

pape

for all the people who said they wouldn’t care about the race of the actors please answer this .how would you feel if denzel played julius cesar ??? this is not a fantasy maybe you aren’t religious but ramses existed and he was not white dude was black .we are in 2014 and this whitewashing still exists …im not going to watch this farce

Anthony

BOYCOTTING!!!

Arielle

Of course you couldn’t care less, Danielle, and this is because you are obviously white. You wouldn’t know anything about lack of representation because you are the ONLY thing represented. I will be joining in on this boycott, whitewashing is disgusting, it’s 2014 and it needs to stop. Hopefully directors will learn from this.

Steve

This is the most asinine article. This movie is about the Hebrews. So why does there have to be a black person in the lead? So the black are portrayed as slaves in the film. What do you think the Jewish were in the film? Oh wait, SLAVES. Do you even know what the Exodus was about? Do you go on like this when Tyler Perry releases a film with an all black cast? Drop the F’n race card, it’s time to move on.

Leo

I would boycott this based on the fact that Ridley Scott is a jerk alone. All his films are full of gratuitous violence — which he doesn’t understand is gratuitous. Scott is a narcissist who has too much money and will continue to make bad films because he can. Seriously, when was his last good film? Twenty years ago?

Icarus

There is a video on youtube called two faces of ancient Egypt that details how the history was corrupted and why the lie is about race.

White dude

when the director thinks that one particular person is right for that job, then this person should get the job. no matter wich colour/gender

Andre Howell

I will also be boycotting this movie, like I did the last one of this kind which was 'Noah'. It also depicted white people as the only race on the earth, when the Bible itself states that the Garden of Eden was in Ethiopia. DNA research has evidenced that black people were the first humans on the Earth, and migrated to populate the Earth as we know it today.
How can Hollywood only view black people only as slaves; it is a total and utter disgrace, which is another blatant attempt to reduce black peoples contribution to the Earth, society as a whole and within Hollywood.
The previous excuse used by the co-writer of ‘Noah’ and the claimed ‘neutral colour of white people’ is just that, an excuse in the higher degree of racism, which again re-writes history to the design of those in power.
I hope all people of colour avoid this movie, which is a shame as I liked both Ridley Scott and Christian Bale’s previous work and I am both shocked and appalled that these film makers would attach themselves to such a project.

Vincent white

The is Racist and disrespectful to my race culture and history

richard

Just to say as a middle class white man living in london I find it most upsetting that african history is still being told and stolen by white europeans. This type of denial has to stop as I'm pretty sure it has the an adverse effect and forces blacks to dig even deeper and acually.become more of a knowledge seeker. You can't piss in someones bucket and tell them its raining.

DOX

I have hope that one day, as a nation we value truth as we do other liberties and ideals that we are willing to kill and die for. I'm not wiling to do either for this movie but I will boycott…

Van

Continue to do your research and you will find the ancient Hebrews/Jews were black folk. Sumeria was originally black folk. The Exodus was a story of black polytheist Egyptians rejecting the monotheist Black Heberews/Jews. In short time these facts will be further revealed. The concrete proof is being stifled at this very time. People worldwide will be utterly shaken. Current false beliefs regarding history and religion will be shattered. Can't help you.

Van

God is time. God is the truth in time. Time made God of the Bible. Time lowered himself to become God of the Bible so he could speak to us. Some people believe in the truth in time, others believe in the falsification of time.
But who is this falsifier of the truth in time. This consistent denier of the truth in time is the one who is sick.

Van Claybrooks

I will be boycotting this movie as it does not portray the true fact that the ancient Egyptians were black. Furthermore the ancient Hebrews were black as was Moses and so many other biblical figures. Truth needs to be revealed. Falsification of history needs to stop. Portrayals of Jesus as white needs to stop. Statements that Christopher Columbus discovered America needs to stop.
Whites fueling their false sense of superiority needs to be brought to an end. I will work to achieve this with others who have respect for the truth.

bob

This movie is sick, people are going to watch this and believe egyptians were white people with american accents and that a white dude lead a bunch of white dudes out of slavery from some other white dudes with gods help, all the bad people were then all drowned when god parted the ocean for his main man moses. It's funny because when i watch a documentary on ancient egypt scientists refute this and yet people are going to watch this movie and believe this is what ancient eygpt was like and because television and books don't exist anymore nobody is going to get to find out the truth, it's truly disturbing. Then again people might just want to see denzel washington in something but it's okay he's playing the equalizer next, that made up white english dude from the tv show, he's fictitious just like moses and this story. Also i agree hollywood does love white supremacy hence why they never make any movies portraying white people in a bad light like schindlers list or 12 years a slave or mississippi burning or the accused or any other movie with white people in it.

bob

i haven't been this mad since they cast brad pitt as achilles in troy, brad pitt is not greek and before anybody says that achilles wasn't a real guy well neither was moses and before anybody says but ramses was a real guy well he wasn't drowned in the red sea when moses parted it was he, you could say this movie is completely fictitious and only an idiot would take it seriously.

wayno

I'm boycotting this movie because it's religious bullshit that never happened

Tom

Perhaps we should get bill Cosby to play Moses and Chris rock as Pharo and pass out some pudding pops and cuss… It is not a racial thing you imbicilic fool. It is an acting thing. Although Denzel Washington could probably pull off a great Moses… (Loved him in Eli), you just need to quit being devisive to The American fabric…. Group hug… Different race every other person in the group hug though because we don't want to be labeled racist by haveing TWO WHITE people or TWO BLACK people in a row… People might talk (namely you). Come on now… BFF. .. Huggy!

Tom

You are an idiot.

pleaaase

just becouse of all the racist black people on this site,i am going to see this movie four times.stop blackwashing egypt.

Stacie

Absolutely boycotting. Outrageous that this is even happening in 2014.

John Smith

It's also important to note that Moses' wife was black, not Caucasian…according to the Bible. It's difficult to get good actors to fill all roles, so the studios are left with the dilemma of casting for color or casting for acting prowess. The goal should be to find both, and there are some very fine Hispanic, Black, Asian, Middle Eastern and Brazilian actors that could have filled some of the roles. Anyway, from a biblical standpoint, the color pallet of this movie is a little narrow, granted.

Marlowe

I was not always sensitive to whitewashed casting but I appreciate the education given in this article. I will be boycotting the film. There are any number of excellent actors who are people of color who could have played each of these roles. In fact, I'm shocked that anyone would cast the blue-eyed, blond-haired Aaron Paul for any role in this film.

Bho

I'm kind of surprised that people can still find ways to justify these displays of white superiority in film and TV. Do you really not see how these actions can have long term and short term effects on our society? Just about every single leading male in just about every single big budget film is white — and always seemingly displaying a higher moral compass, while capturing the hearts of women of any/all races… Most of these films' target demographic are teenagers/kids. Do you really think there are no effects to how our kids perceive the world? A few years ago, I was at my little cousins house. She was playing a game called Sims (essentially a game about playing house). Her avatar, which she named after herself, was white with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was 11 btw…she doesn't watch much TV except a little Disney channel after school. But what do you think they show on Disney?

It's irresponsible at best and also very frustrating to many people of color. But I don't blame Hollywood for this, to be honest. They are in the business of selling tickets. I'm more frustrated with the general public; who don't seem to ask any questions regarding the slop they are sold. What we choose to spend our money on is arguably the only power we have nowadays.

Nunya Biznez

In 2,000 years when the Chinese rule the world they will make movies portraying themselves as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. An all star cast of Chinese actors will be seen signing The Declaration of Independence. This is of course after they have blown the noses off of Mt. Rushmore and used advanced laser technology to slant the eyes of each president. This sounds ridiculous of course. I'm sure the Black Pharaohs of Kemet would feel the same about The United States of America.

QUESTION: When will white people begin to be offended by the immoral, dishonorable, and inhumane behavior of their ancestors?

Lina

Get a life people, there is more serious situations in the world than arguing over a movie you can't change.. Do something good instead; donate some money or help a stranger! Anything than looking for bs like this. If you don't want to see the movie give the money for the ticket to an helping organization..

Teri

Definitely boycotting this racist continued Hollywood ploy to dehumanize people of color. Why can't a story be of truth? Why is it so hard to visualize a Black person as a King and Queen? The actors and actresses should be ashamed as well. Just horrific for all people of any color to endure digesting this ongoing bowl of lies
Hollywood continues to rape us with.

kazy

I have no intention of seeing this movie. I was appalled when I saw Russell Crowe as Noah as I have been appalled over the many European actors that have played Jesus over the years and the incredible amount of European art work that portray him as as a fair-skinned Caucasion: European. I can understand the early Europeans being ignorant of Jesus, the ancient Hebraic Jew, but NOW, today, with all we know, why are we still portraying him as a strapping, well fed Italian stud as in Gibson's The Passion of the Christ? The average Jew in Roman times were poor and impoverished as Jesus was, the average height of a man was 5'4", probably with a pot belly from malnutrition along with balding as well. Or at the very least as thin as a rail. Or Scorcese's The Last Temptation of Christ played by an actor of French-Canadian, Swiss, English, German, Irish, and Scottish descent, Willem Defoe. I could understand if any of these guys at least looked Mediterranean but they don't. Blonde haired Max Von Sydow, a Swede played Jesus. Blue eyed Jeffrey Hunter played Jesus. If one wishes to cast ancient Hebrews in a role such as Noah, Moses, Jesus or any biblical figure, all one has to do is go to Israel and pick any of the Israeli actors to play the part. If one wants an Egyptian historical figure, I am sure there are many Egyptian actors to chose from. I know Hollywood likes to use box office appeal and none of these actors from other countries would due, but damn, there are dark skinned popular actors Scott could've chosen, to have made this movie more authentic. He chose not to because he's white and he sees the world through his white lens.

shurura kayoma

Ancient Egypt or i should say ancient Kemet (land of the black/black people) was a black civilization obviously yeah, so Hollywood, when it comes to a race history should get things right like their race first. This whitewashing of black people history will only do more harm for whites than good. Come on Pharaoh Ramses 11 for one (even though that's not how is name is spell) rid over a sea of Caucasoid people in a battle, yeah that's right Pharaoh, his people the ancient Egyptians on a whole hated white people including Arabs as well or call them Semitic people so why portray as a people, white people never get along with and too cast the royalties all white too and European the Spinx of giza features too, it just look stupid, whit ancient Egypt got debunk long time ago and was proven black obviously so yeah i say lets boycott this stupidness.

Dan

Aside from the ridiculousness of calling racism on a MYTH*, has anyone considered the fact that despite Jewish tradition putting the exodus during the first millennium. Camels weren't domesticated in Egypt (mentioned in Exodus 9:3) until the Ptolemaic dynasty and they were Macedonian, not white, but definitely not native Egyptian**.

*no archaeological evidence has ever been found and there was no Pharaoh by the name of Ramses during the first millennium.
** They were actually notorious for not even speaking Egyptian.

Ted

The only actors who I would trust to do a faithful Moses are Gilbert Gottfried or Jerry Seinfeld.
Larry David could give it a shot too if he wanted.
Absolutely boycotting.

ybp

i guess that only gay people should portray gay people in movies too

Janice

I REMEMBER THE MOVIE 3 YEARS A SLAVE, THE MAIDS, THE BUTLER…MADE ALL TYPE OF MONEY AND NEVER SAW ANY OF THEM…I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO SEE THOSE MOVIE BOYCOTTED ALSO….THIS MOVIE IS A LIE, AND THEY KNOW IT…SO I WILL NOT GO TO SEE THIS MOVIE EITHER……FOR SOME OF YOU TO THINK THAT EGYPTIANS WERE NOT BLACK….LOL….YOU HAVE PEOPLE TODAY IN THAT AREA THAT ARE BLACK AS OIL..SO TO SAY THAT EGYPTIAN ARE NOT BLACK IS FUNNY….LOOK IN THE TOMBS, LOOK ON THE WALLS THEY ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR……

tack67

I am a white person and I say boycott this BS

Jay

It sucks that this is done, but don't say it's an historical event being portrayed. It's a story. There is no evidence there was ever a Moses or any Jewish slaves in Eqypt. Still, tell the story with the actors that fit the descriptions.

MENTD

A – Ridley Scott movies are not "Hollywood". The film is made in Europe.
B – Most of the Egyptian people in the story (Pharaoh and his army) are the BAD GUYS.
So how do people say they've make the "heros" white?
C – Moses is not an Egyptian.
D – Egyptians are not black people, they're Egyptian.
E – How do loud idiots always create these stupid fusses over nothing?
Film is about themes, not the race of the actors.

Diana

Typical. White people always ruin everything.

Arcana

Guess they used missing piece of nose from the Sphinx as a excuse to make it look white. This is sad & disrespectful. Fck tards. Have no culture so they steal ours.. its not right BOYCOTT

andre

I appreciate this article and articles like this that bring attention to what hollywood is doing. It is ridiculous to think you could tell a story of biblical Egypt and not have actors that resembled the people that lived during that time in a historically contextual manner. White Egyptian Pharaoh Kings and Queens? Are you kidding me?

Seems like there's no shortage of casting options when the film is focused on some 20th century, chucking and jiving, mop pushing, "yes sir / no sir", jig dancing black man/ woman. But try to go back into history – REAL HISTORY and make the focal point a place and time thats not American and hollywood will find a way to WHITEWASH the movie/ rewrite history every time.

Its sick. This isn't a batman / ironman/ superman comic to movie screw up. Its the story of Moses. And its being portrayed inaccurately, deliberately, and as a spit in the face to anyone who actually lived in that place and time.

BUT – its hollywood, we pay for this shit year after year and they keep spitting in our faces…

T. R. GEE

If you think whining about a bleached out biblical movie is going to change the money making machine in Hollywood then you all are damn fools! Most of you all complaining could care less about the biblical stories written on parchment. Hollywood doesn't make movies to appease people, they hire the best actors that will draw out crowds that will in turn generate dollars. Black people need to stop expecting the majority will represent the minority. If you know the truth then so be it. How many movies have you watched and enjoyed with an all white cast no matter the story line?
Go ahead and boycott. I'm simply not going to see the movie. And that's enough for me and plenty others like myself.

Dede

I'm not here for this Moses story. I need another story. But I don't expect Hollywood to do a story about Dynastic or Predynastic Egypt. To tell the truth about them would cancel out a lot of lies about art, science, astronomy (pp old enough to see the pattern of the stars), philosophy, language, medicine, math, architecture…Whether you believe in this Biblical story or not, there was a real Black civilization before the Ptolemaic Era and the numerous invasions from the people they taught.

Let's say that Scott wasn't aware. Why did he make all the black actors thieves and lower servants?

I'm already done with Ridley Scott after his schizo commentary on the making of Prometheus and The Counselor. I'm not going to see this garbage. Enough is enough.

To the pp who keep saying, "Why does it matter?" To the bleachers of history and the pp who need to live in a cloud of lies, what does it matter to YOU?

Sean

People love the secret agendas that they make up. I just finished watching NOAH and actually liked the film. I know the truth and that's all that matters. Seriously, Hollywood made it. Stop looking for truth in a Hollywood film because chances are, there won't be much. Directors are story tellers and they always want to add their own mark, just as other artists do. Maybe, instead of screaming like children, we should teach others the truth. Take Hollywood movies as a work of fiction. Take a lie for example, if you tell most of the truth but change a fact within that truth, it is still a lie no matter how much truth outweighs the added lie. We are all given the right to express creativity and our own opinions. Now I would love for all of humanity to come together as a whole and be one but we cannot force this on to other people. They must decide to do this on their own otherwise you are implying that you are better than they. But we are all capable of doing the same things. So until everyone can learn to come together as one, I will not stand in the way of their rights. God is judge. Now you can say here is another religious fanatic but truth is truth. I am sad that many Christian's do not see this and will attack others. Do not mistake them for Christians. Please love eachother and don'tspew hate. I will not boycott this movie over some fact of "brainwashing" when I know that people have the ability to research and learn for themselves. Go with love and God bless.

matt

You all need to get a life. It's just a movie

BDM

At this point, I don't care about the lack of prominent roles for black actors. All I care about is the dignity of the of those actors who choose to play slaves and servants in movies. Blended, another Adam Sandler masterpiece, did the same thing. They portrayed South Africans as none other than dancing fools. It was absolutely ridiculous. If we, as a culture and not just blacks, but all minorities just stop taking what they're willing to give us, then as least we won't feel as bad. I'd rather not be in any movie at all, than to be portrayed as someone lacking in character. Hollywood can have my story, but I'd be damn if they take my dignity!

Alis

Most middle-easterners are brown people, biblical time and now. They are neither black nor white. Proof is just go there and see. Skin color is all about genetic mutation as human beings adapt to their environment and it's nothing more than that. I'm not boycotting the film because most whites will always see themselves as superior and most non-whites will too until the day green aliens turn up and green becomes the superior "in" color. Why do you think bleaching agents sell so well in Africa and Asia? If you could see how ridiculous this skin color thing is, you are in the minority group of "intelligent people". I think I'll be watching this Moses film – brown historical figures with bleached skin – with great interest because bleached skin could have its origin in Egypt.

BryanFury

If a black director made a film about the life of Ronald Reagan and casted a black man to play that lead there would be a nationwide uprising-possibly even a race war…

Oskar

I'm going to watch the movie just because of the controversy surrounding the cast. Also I think the cast is great!

the real

I'm absolutely boycotting this movies falsification of the truth is despicable if you look on the walls in the Egyptian pyramids you'll see no king or queen or Pharoah in Egypt at that time were white in fact they were dark black in pigment and this is an attack on our subconscious minds.

Love

It's about time we make our voices heard. Like seriously when will this idiocracy end EVERYONE in white America and black know that Egyptions are not European. It's sad that racism is still alive and well. I for a fact plan on educating people on the misconception of this movie and will encourage people not to support this fim.

Derrick B

I am absolutely going to boycott
this movie. I know history and I know his-story. We who are in the know know that it's nothing but propaganda.

SEGA

RIDLEY SCOTT I'M WAITING FOR THE MOVIE TO GET RELEASED IN INDIA. YOU HAVE NEVER DISAPPOINTED AND I HOPE / TRUST THIS TURNS OUT TO BE THE GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL THE TIME.

Sega

IT IS THE WISHES OF THE PRODUCER / DIRECTOR. WE HAVE NO BUSINESS IN THE MOVIE CAST. IF YOU LIKE YOU WATCH OR IF YOU DON'T LIKE THEN DON'T WATCH. THERE IS NO CONSTITUTION IN KEEPING THE BLACK / WHITE OR BROWN OR YELLOW. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED THEN WATCH THE MOVIE IF NOT THERE IS NO COMPULSION IN WATCHING.

ronic

This is getting really old. Im not watching this mess

Diop

This is really out of line! No one in Africa, looked like that way during that time period

kofybean

I did not watch Noah for this very reason, and won't watch this (Exodus) for the very same reason. I'm tired of this.
I may only have the power of one movie ticket, and this movie may still sell millions from others, but it won't get mine.

GagasPeter

"(Or You Don't Care)" <– An unnecessary and abusive polemic.

The reader that gets past this subtitle clearly cares. Others may stop, whether the article is important or not, whether they're mindful and conscientious or not, and think this is just some rude rant. Uninviting is another descriptor. Headlines, for what they're worth, should engage the reader, not kick them in the teeth.

#BoycottExodusMovement

Yasmin

I am thinking of writing a letter to the producers of this movie demanding that they explain their choice of cast. I will also be creating a petition on change.org and hope to get as many signatures as possible before the movie's release. Would you all be interested in joining?

chris52

So what about you? Are you sick and tired of this? Will you be boycotting the film? Or do you think it's just standard procedure in Hollywood, and you couldn’t care less?

I'd say it's standard procedure in hollywood, i'd like to see more racially diverse movies but i can't see it happening anytime soon. If the movie gets exceptional reviews then i might see it but i'm more concerned with the fact that hollywood seems to be so short of ideas that they are going back and rebooting old bible stories. Between this comic book movies and tolkien films there really doesn't seem that much choice when it comes to big budget spectacle pictures. I'd rather stick to the kind of decent drama we've been seeing on tv recently.

YIZRELA

FIRST OF ALL THE MOVIES FACTS ARE WRONG, IN SCRIPTURE IT TALKS ABOUT HOW MOSES WAS FOUND BY PHARAOHS DAUGHTER WHO WAS BLACK IN COMPLEXION AS WERE THE REST OF THE EGYPTIANS OF "THAT" TIME BEFORE THEIR BLOOD WAS TAINTED. SECOND OF ALL HOW COULD MOSES LIVE AMONGST THE EGYPTIANS AND PASS AS ONE OF THEM IF HE DID NOT LOOK LIKE THEM? IF HE WAS WHITE LIVING WITH THE EGYPTIANS HE WOULD STAND OUT LIKE A SORE THUMB! HE HAD TO BE A MAN OF COLOR. THE WHOLE EARTH WAS BLACK AT ONE POINT AND TIME, EVEN THE NAME OF ALKEBULAN WAS CHANGED TO "AFRICA" BECAUSE OF A ROMAN GENERAL BY THE NAME OF SCPRIO AFRICANUS CAME OVER AND CHANGED IT AFTER HE REVOLUTIONIZED THE CONTINENT OF "AFRICA" WHOSE ORIGINAL NAME WAS ALKEBULAN MEANING THE "GARDEN OF EDEN" A WHITE MAN AND WHITE WOMAN CANNOT PRODUCE BLACK CHILDREN, BUT TWO BLACK PEOPLE CAN PRODUCE MANY COLORS…….CMON MAN STOP HIDING THE TRUTH AND LET IT BE TOLD!!

YIZRELA

I AM TIRED OF THE LIES AND TIRED OF THE TRUTH BEING HIDDEN, AND MANY OF US ARE BLIND AND WILL NOT SEEK TRUTH TO SEE. ISRAEL IS AWAKENING……I WILL BE BOYCOTTING THIS EDOMITE MOVIE!!

Annie

I am surprised they thought this was good casting especially in a time when there are more bankable stars who are not white. And any arguments about how black Ancient Egypt actually was (the Internet is rife with instant historians) is shot to pieces by casting black actors in small and largely negative parts.

Hollywood has a long history of making these dud epics which are popular for unfathomable reasons. These days white is an umbrella term but seriously I hate that every epic set in Rome has a blond Celtic type speaking the Queen's English. I wouldn't be surprised if more than a few folk thought the Romans spoke in RP.

Julienne

Sick. Of. It. #BoycottExodusMovie

Ray

Historically inaccurate, plus was a mythology story. Meaning never happened!

EZ

We vote with our pocket book. If this film doesn't do well, and films like Fast and the Furious – which was more racially INCLUSIVE – makes money… problem solved. Anyone who gives 1 dime to this movie, supports the continued EXCLUSIVE view of the world that seems to be the norm. I for one will be looking for something different to support.

BLACKMAN

White people do not have an ANCIENT HISTORY worthy of note. They do not show up in history worthy of note until 500 B.C. They know this. You do not. This is why HISTORY is so important and why they live to distort it.

The Greeks is to white people what Egypt is to Black people. Study Egypt 3500 B.C to 2000 B.C. Egypt. See the people…..BLACK as the type you are now reading.

Troublemaker

What's new? This looks like a remake of The Ten Commandments where again the black people were portrayed as slaves. I'm sure Ridley Scott could have chosen Denzel as Moses or even Rameses but that would have been too important of a role for a black man. In his eyes and the studio's, Denzel was more suited for the role of the drug dealer in American Gangster.

Temi Abimbols

A boycott has no power in anything, when would we learn that consumer power is unsubstantial and won't work like it did in the 60s, just don't watch the film in the theatres, it looks boring anyway so just wait for a bootleg or an online stream like most films we end up watching these days

Sue johnson

I agree that the director of this movie should have done a better job choosing the cast, but I honestly care more about the message of the movie and the beautiful story it tells. God bless.

Robert Hill

Another remake of the Exodus story ; let them( Ridely Scott) It's a shame that know one in Hollywood black or white has the stones to really do something that would turn the historical world on it's head, by making a film about ancient Egypt or Nubia that would require a cast of actors of African decent from all over the diaspora ; & all shades .

Their are many historical narratives that could do this, such as the story, & well research book by Henry T. Aubin titled The Rescue Of Jerusalem : The Alliance Between Hebrews & Africans in 701 BC. which involves the Kushite -Nubian 25th dynasty of ancient Egypt, & the Pharaoh Taharqa. It was rumored that Will Smith wanted to make this story into a film about 2009 ; but it never happened, & in a way I'm glad it did not, for he wanted to play the lead as Pharaoh Taharqa which I believe would have been a bad idea. Someone like Idris Elba YES !

An epic film with such a historical story would be a paradigm shift that would turn the page on such white washed biblical historical films such as Exodus . I could care less on the race of the director for he or she would have to have vision , guts, & be called by fate to undertake such a film. But the reality I fear, is about 10 to 15 years into the future, by that time if we are still on this earth, we all will be ready for such a film

Marshall

Ben Kingsley is Anglo-Indian. So, he is a man of color.

really???

So I watched the trailer and read your so called "whitewashing" statements, which by the way seemed to be more racist then the movie…. first of all.. having black OR whites play ANY role in the film wouldn't be accurate.. as slaves were created because they were jews..NOT because the color of their skin..it was because of their heritage… so I kinda find this funny at the same time sad that there is even a "boycotting" discussion about a movie because the color of someones skin hired to do a job that mind you ANY one of them could have turned down had they thought it was racially what do you call it… whitewashing? When/where does this end?? I have been on both sides of the street and it just seems like it is never ending…. it blows my mind that if there is all "African American" movie created..that is ok.. they are great… there was a lot of "white" jokes in them.. and mind you THAT is not only ok..but acceptable..i have also seen.. not "Caucasian" movies..but an all "white" cast movie..and it was great..it is about the actors/actresses..NOT the color of their skin. if you want to boycott a movie, do it because of real issues, it isn't morally correct, it isn't truly biblical..the writer was an atheist trying to discredit God in the movie… not this..this is childish ..change begins with you…

Tony Montan

The truth doesn't hurt the story. The truth helps the story.

Al

Boycott is not the right term for me. Personally I avoid historically incorrect movies, slave movies and films with Blacks in totally negative roles or subject manner. I don't even acknowledge them. For me it's not boycotting, it's normal.

GetOut

I wouldn't watch this ish if it was on youtube right now

jaebanree

sick and tired of being sick and tired to the point of indifference, in addition to making the choice any individual, who is sick and tired, would make: not seeing Exodus: Gods and Kings.

solid points made about not only "race-bending" with palefaces, but also about there seeming to be no problem finding brown people, who actually look like those depicted in the paintings on the walls of tombs and such in Northern Africa, to play slaves, guards and background bit parts.

FOH

Mike

In order to sell a film to a mainstream audience it has to be 'WHITE.' I remember when "The Best Man Holiday" came out last year. It opened on the same weekend as "Thor." All the critics were shocked that "The Best Man Holiday" had a strong opening against a Marvel Superhero film. USA Today wrote "Holiday nearly beats 'Thor' as race themed film soars" and there was plenty of outrage about the title so they changed it "Best Man Holiday nearly beats mighty 'Thor.' The simple fact that a film about 30 something men and women trying to figure out Love, Friendship, Forgiveness, Family, Career and, they just happen to be African-American made it a 'race themed film.' The default assumption is that in order for a film to be MAINSTREAM it has to be WHITE. Because white people are the only ones with UNIVERSAL stories to tell.

@JayTeeDee

I'm boycotting this because it just looks uninteresting and I'd rather see 'Selma' instead.

Micah

As much as it hurt to see this type of casting, they probably couldn't have gotten the funding without these name actors. This speaks to bigger problems within the film industry, lack of diversity from top to bottom just being one of them.

other song

don't care

Anna

Between the whitewashing and how boring it was, I couldn't even manage to watch the entire trailer. Whitewashing Ancient Egypt in 2014??? Having POC in the movie but only as slaves?!?!?! Enough is enough.

Schlomo

Can we discuss the real issue that no one is talking about? I'm offended that they couldn't get a real jew to play Moses. Like there aren't any jewish actors in Hollywood who need a gig? Losing jobs to these gentiles who are whitewashing history. First Ben Kingsley, now this?!

Vin

Sorry, I didn't read the whole thing…I started laughing too hard after I read "Christian Bale as Moses."

Marie

First, neither this film nor Noah look appealing to me so I won't even be Netflixing them. Second, yep, I'm boycotting. I don't care if the filmmakers care or not, I will not financially support this continued whitewashing of American films.

Walter Harris Gavin

So what else is new? Hollywood as an industry continues to be Euro-dominant in psychological perspective, POV and mind-set. It sees the world both fictional and factual from a "white" supremacy dogma. There needs to be a counter-balanced Afro-centric mythos aimed at a NU World audience.

Steve

Can't wait for this movie.

Marley82

When I first saw the trailer, I must admit, I did cringe a bit… I just can't help but think about the historical references of the story itself, and its painstakingly whitewashed, but that's not why I won't be going to see the film, I'm use to it already… I just think the story has been done well already, and its completely pointless to make another version, with an all white cast or black …

Geede

According to a story by Hawass (Of all people), Ramses III "Belonged to Y-DNA haplogroup E1b1a with an East Africa Origin, a YDNA haplogroup that predominates in most Sub-Saharan Africans." There are several royal mummies whose genetics have been tested and show the presence of substantial Subsaharan DNA. Such as the Amarna mummies. So the whitewashing of history needs to end. At some point Egypt even became a bit of a melting pot. So it's obvious that there were different racial types there. Arabic, Berber, other Asiatics, Greeks, etc. There were Africans among the royal and noble houses. And slaves and servants. But Hollywood seems to blatantly disregard this to the point that their casting choices are painfully obvious.

ff

Well Ramses II wasn't black. I don't see any problems.
The egyptian royalty was always caucasoid and nubians often served in the militaryor as workers after being conquered.
Also slavery was introduced in Egypt by the greeks during the Ptolemaic dynasty way after Ramses II…

randommale7

Has anyone thought that maybe Ridley Scott just wanted to work with these actors because he hasn't before? Also Javier Bardem and Oscar Isaac turned down Ramses so I think he went to whoever gave the best performance for that role.

Randall

As Black people we own nothing in Hollywood therefore we cannot expect it to portray us favourably. That town exists to make money end of story and is run by people who do not look like us or have our best interests and advancement at heart so these digusting and false movies will continue to be made. The moment we keep our money and actively boycott this crap en masse they will notice better yet we as a community should own a film studio and make films about us, for us, by us because no one else will that's for damn sure!

TIRED

So tired of these white people ''discovering'' and redefining history. Newsflash white people, during what most people call the ancient world you guys were sacrificing babies to Odin, dying from diseases you caused through nastiness. Why don't you write a story about the MEDIEVAL PLAGUE or THE CRUSADES? Or better yet do an honest movie about the rape and destruction of the new world caused by your hero, Columbus and his posse. Ancient Egypt does not belong to you…sh1t.

Miz

Hang on… Hollywood is racist but 12 Years A Slave won the Oscars? Double standards?? I think this is just an example of creative licence. It's unfortunate that Christian Bale isn't coloured but I think he's been hired based on his acting ability. Watch out for reverse racism, I'm pretty sick of it, and until the last few years, black leading men ONLY ever had black wives, which I found pretty offensive.

Aj

Stop your crying

cary

What a reverse racism crap.

Elcoolguy

I guess it's pointless now to bring up that both Oscar Isaac and Javier Braden turned down the roll of Ramses.

sean

race issues aside, if this movie is pg-13, there's literally no reason to see it.

AC

Nope, not gonna see it.

LeonRaymond

No need to Boycott. Based on other clips and feed back this baby will flop big time. The sad point is that this will be the nail in the coffin of a brilliant filmmaker. Remember PROMETHEUS. That lost a lot of money and after this he will be begging to make another film for more than even $ 17 Million. Take my word for it this film is Dead On Arrival!

Truth2Power

Not going to see it. And I'd happily boycott all other projects from the same cast of characters, from the actors down to the casting agent.

Black Sun Tzu

Such practices will only end when a court rules them as racist, therefore illegal. Perhaps someone should start a lawsuit a collective one. It would certainly get more press than the boycott campaign, and set the score straight. But I guess we have to start somewhere, right?

JMac

Never heard of it. Wouldn't have watched it anyway. McGruder should take advantage of this: #BoycottExodusMovie #WatchBlackJesusInstead , lol

usa

I wasn't going to see it anyway. The original was fabricated to meet (W) Hollywood standards, and it seems this one is no different.

sharskbreath

I will be more impressed when we start boycotting the religion.

Up In The Balcony

What you laughin' at boy? You know who the daddy of that chocolated baby?
"It's my baby boss"
"Boss, I'm that baby's daddy"
"I beg to differ. Er'body can see that's my baby boss"
"I the pappy" *lol*

**After hearing the merry protester, Statler and his buddy Waldorf found themselves in a very confused state **

Hmmm… quoting lines from the movie "Life" in an article about boycotting the movie "Exodus" IS a wee bit odd, so what the hell is on their mind?

"Just stop… now you got me actin' like a damn fool"
"Nawl man, I'm just saying"
"Just sayin' what?"
"Well, I was answering Sergio's question… you know, am I sick and tired of this?"
"And what might that "THIS" be?"
" ahh… you know… ahhh… well… you know, white folks doin' what white folks always do"
"Now see there, you's about a dumb mfer. Lets see, you and some other dumb mfers are going to boycott a film because the white is doing what he's always done? Now, does that make any damn sense to you?"
"No, listen, I'm with you, I thought it was a dumb idea… that's why I broke off in my "I's the babie's daddy" routine"
" OOOOHH… now I get it. Er'body knows Can't-Get-Right is the baby's daddy"
"That's right… and in this case, "Can't-Get Right" is Hollywood!"
"I'll be godd*mn, you's not as dumb as you look"
"I have my moments"
"and check this… er'body also knows that Hollywood is gonna do what the fu*k they wanna do… and they ain't payin' no mind to picketing negros"
"Really!?"
"Yeah… really. They know full well a few black's might pitch-a-bit*h but the overwhelming majority are gonna… well… Do you remember that song by The Rooftop Singers?"
"Do I… "Walk right in, sit right down, daddy let your mind roll on"
"Exactly! Leon and Shanneka and Laytoya will all be up in that joint"
"LOL.. yep, and listen to the next line… "Everybody's talkin' 'bout a new way of walkin', do you want to lose yo mind. so just walk right in, sit…"
"Stop, I get it. It's pure insanity talkin' 'bout what white folks done did"
"Yep, they ain't got no reason to get right, so what's all this boycottin' about?"
"Ask Sergio, he wrote the post"
"OOH!… so he's the baby's daddy?"
"Well, I guess you could say that. He is planting the seed to this foolishness"
"But I'm not gonna mess with him… I've felt the sting of his tongue"
"Come on man, he's 80 years old"
"But he's black"
"So?"
"They're all angry… and they all carry knives"
"There you go talkin' stupid, again"
"I may be stupid… and my eyes may shine and my teeth may grin, but none of this a$$ will Sergio get it. That man won't be having me for dinner"
"Coward"

** As Mr. Black Waldorf ignors his disagreeable part-time friend, Statler peeks over the balcony to see if any more boycotters are walking by **

Daryl

Who cares, you haven't realized by now Sergio, hollywood is going to do whatever they want to do no matter what we say. It's their money, if they want to make a film like this let them, if we are so concerened and upset about it wouldn't it be more productive to invest in ourselves and tell biblical stories with actors of color. Most of us, all we want to do is sit around and talk about what hollywood is not doing instead of doing for self. This film is not going to bother me one bit because I'm more conceren with investing in black films and helping get our stories told from our point of view.

caro

It's nice for Indira Varma or Hiam Abbass or Ghassam Massoud or Farahani .They're not enough famous for you?
Scott wanted Abbass to act Ramses's mother and she refused by lack of timebut she accepted a little role.
Where were you when Angelina Jolie was casted as Marianne Pearl or when Ben Affleck acted Tony Mendez?

Matthieu Richards

The boycott will do something. It won't hurt the profit (or lack thereof) of the movie, but it will make the opinions and voices be heard and in the case of Hollywood, that's what matters. They would think twice before continuously going down the path of Whitewashing Africa and African stories.

There were no significant outcries in the 50's when The Ten Commandments was made, but this is a different era. It does matter. Voices need to be heard. No one is going to lose their jobs over it, but they would reassess the approach to telling these stories as a result of it.

#BoycottExodus

MR.

Is this something that really matters? If it was Tyler Perry's Exodus oh my God, someone is like where are the white people? Laughs, closes comment window–+–

Miles Ellison

This won't be effective. This idea has probably already been focus-grouped and statistically analyzed to death. The movie was cast this way because that's the casting that will maximize the box office. The target audience for this film likes the casting just the way it is. If that means stupidity like white royalty and black slaves in ancient Egypt, so be it. This is why we get multiple cinematic incarnations of White Heavy Metal Guitarist Jesus.

Danielle

What a stupid, pointless negative hype article. I am no more angry about the casting for this fantasy action film than I am that they did not cast real Ewoks for Return of the Jedi. As long as Ridley Scott delivers a well made, finely acted film I could care less what color the actors are.

Elcoolguy

Boycotting does nothing. They're really going to show Fox…

Elaine

Where is the official petition? I want to sign this

Georgw

Naah. I'm not so immature.

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