How do you make a movie set in Egypt that includes no actors of color? Well, 20th Century Fox found a way to do it and now one movie goer, who’s tired of the white-washing in Hollywood, is clapping back.
The film studio tapped English director Ridley Scott to bring the Bibical story of Moses to the big screen once again,but instead of assembling a more ethnic cast, the roster for “Exodus: Gods And Kings” is almost completely white. Even though the movie won’t be out until December, a man named Adidas Wilson is urging movie lovers to boycott the film now because it is historically inaccurate.
“People must know real history and not European lies, Wilson wrote in the introduction to his request on Change.org. “Please do not support fake history.”
The petition calls out the studio and the “Exodus” director for this oversight. “The Bible says both Egyptians and Ethiopians are descendants of Ham,” Adidas wrote. “Remember, Egypt wasn’t invaded by Rome until 300 BC. Egypt is in Africa not Europe.”
A trailer for the film was released last month, featuring Christian Bale as Moses, Sigourney Weaver as his adopted mother mother Tuya, and the role of Rhamses will be played by Joel Edgerton.
This isn’t the latest film to suffer a severe case of white washing. According to The Huffington Post, the James Brown biopic “Get On Up” was entirely white behind-the-scenes as none of the producers, writers or director were black.
As of Friday night, the petition had 417 supporters, who all echoed his sentiments. Some even added their belief that the casting choices are part of a much larger agenda.
“I’m signing this because it goes against the true depiction of Egyptians in Africa and that the Black actors in the movie are only subjected to play slaves, thieves and criminal,” Arnette Dunn of Los Angeles wrote. “It’s once again setting the white supremacy agenda to make whites feel superior to blacks. Enough is Enough.”
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"