Rupert Murdoch Defends ‘Exodus’ Casting: “Since When Are Egyptians Not White?”

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via THR:
Rupert Murdoch doesn’t understand why anyone would complain about the casting for the forthcoming biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings.

The media mogul, whose 20th Century Fox studio is distributing the film, tweeted his defense Friday in light of criticism that the film’s all-white cast does not accurately represent the story’s Egyptian characters. Exodus focuses on Moses defying Pharaoh Ramses by leading the slaves out of Egypt.

“Moses film attacked on Twitter for all-white cast,” Murdoch wrote. “Since when are Egyptians not white? All I know are.”

He then sent out a follow-up: “Everybody attacks last tweet. Of course Egyptians are Middle Eastern, but far from black. They treated blacks as slaves.”

Murdoch also wrote that “there are many shades of color” and told his Twitter followers to “calm down.”

This is not the first time that someone involved with the film has addressed such concerns. Actor Joel Edgerton, who plays Ramses, said earlier this year that he does “understand and empathize” with criticism of the casting. He also added: “I got asked to do a job, and it would have been very hard to say no to that job.”

Exodus: Gods and Kings stars Christian Bale, Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley. The film hits theaters Dec. 12.

Director Ridley Scott on why he didn’t cast people of colour on this movie:
“I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such. I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.”

I would rather read the Book. The Book is always better. Exodus (King James Version).

Just add heavy eyeliner and there you have it, an Egyptian. It’s funny how many countries in the continent of Africa are called African but in my experience, Egyptians are called Egyptian by many (there’s nothing wrong with that) but North Africa is filled with various people of color from lily white to jet black, let us not forget that. Egypt is in the continent of Africa, so therefore they are African. Any person in the continent can be white, brown, black etc. But to produce a movie where all the main stars are white is a asking for problem, that’s just my humble opinion. I have researched and read many a book on Africa and it’s history, but this movie’s casting leave a sour taste in my mouth.

When asked about Cleopatra with Elizabeth Taylor and The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston (one of my favorite movies). Cleopatra was released in 1963 and The Ten Commandments in 1956, in those days unfortunately the likelihood of a Black person leading the cast was never going to happen with white cast members, so I will excuse that portion of racism (no cop out it was 1956!). It is now almost 2015, there is no reason as to why people of colour cannot be cast in a major motion picture based in the continent of Africa.

In answer to Mr Murdoch ridiculous, uneducated and sorrowful question.
Q: Since when are Egyptians not white?
A: Since the beginning of time sir.

Read a book or two.

Of course our sarcastic, satirical and honest tweeter Reality Wives US got wind of this::

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