Ridley Scott Explains Why He Didn’t Cast ‘Mohammed So-And-So’ In His White-Washed ‘Exodus’ Movie

November 26, 2014 6:52 PM

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Ridley Scott Explains Why He Didn’t Cast ‘Mohammed So-And-So’ In His White-Washed ‘Exodus’ Movie

At this point, only the most historical context ignorant Logic Bro could fail to understand the implications of whitewashing and blackface, which is why it’s weird to see trailers for Exodus: Gods And Kings, a story about Biblical Egypt, with two of the whitest actors ever playing the leads. Actually, that’s only half the story – white actors in the leads, and all the black people seem to be playing servants and assassins, a point made more eloquently by Uproxx contributor David D.

“…to make the main characters white and everyone else African is cinematic colonialism. It’s creating a piece of historical ‘art’ that carries on oppressive imagery that’s helped shackle entire countries and corners of the world.”

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