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
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
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:
there enough black actors? If it’s to find black actors to act slave roles
they’ll find but never as pharoahs #BoycottExodusMovie
its 2014 and Hollywood are still portraying ancient Egyptian royalty as white
people? FOH.(F… Outta Here – had to look that up)
cast with black people cast as slaves in ANCIENT EGYPT? You’re joking.
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?