SMH…. GTFOHWTBS!!! Apparently Hollyweird didn’t upset people of color enough by casting Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone, because we recently caught wind of a Change.org petition circulating about “The Gods of Egypt” film getting an all white cast. According to IMDB.com “The Gods of Egypt” starringDanish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Horus, Scottish actor Gerard Butler as Set, and Australian actor Geoffrey Rush as Ra!
Here’s the rant from the petitioner, Thorne Studios, via Change.org:
It has been little to over a day since the Australian filmmaker, “Alex Proyas”, has quite literally left me at a loss for words. On the morning of June 5th, 2013, he announced his final casting choice for his upcoming epic, “The Gods of Egypt” that strip the divine from the ancient text into a land they once ruled. I had been a frequent follower of the story myself for some time now, due to my past interests in what would be made of it. However, the project went in a direction I would’ve never expected, casting the Danish actor “Nikolaj Coster-Waldau” (famed for his works on the Game of Thrones) as the Egyptian god Ra. When I heard the news for the very first time, I saw it has nothing more than a joke of sorts, but Mr. Proyas spoke truth and spoke it proudly. The race of the Ancients have been argued for moreover than a century, leaving their depiction to mere opinion. However, we must call this for what it is head-on, and not falter in doing so… a whitewashing of World History.
Now, before you dismiss this as no more than just another article, listen to me for a moment. The fact of the matter is, our minds rely on the media for far more than we might think. From an early age, we are incredibly prone to the images thrown in our direction from a many different ones, eventually shaping the way we look on the world and ourselves. The blunt westernization of African gods displayed here is without a doubt, shameless in its own right, and will not be accepted nor tolerated. This is an element of storytelling that has gone on for far too long, and must be put to rest as timely as possible. I try to imagine a reality in which Roman Gods are portrayed as Chinese, but my mind just simply won’t allow it. It is the same concept when speaking on the casting of “Game of Thrones” actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as the Egyptian God Ra. To set aside this racist inclination to paint history one color, we must fully commit to what we wish our future to be. I believe it is one where a child of any race and background can know who they are and where they come from. Sadly, this will not be the case if the only face we see… is a white one. Please sign and share this petition, so we can prove images such as these have no place in 2013! Thank you for listening and stay blessed.
We love creative casting, when it helps actors of color find much needed work — but it’s pretty devastating to consider that exceptional actors of African descent are being passed over for Hollyweird’s favorites — especially when films like this influence people’s beliefs about history. Shouldn’t they at least try to be historically, culturally and geographically accurate?
If you’d like to sign the petition you can do so HERE.