The Whitewashing Isn’t The Only Terrible Thing About Exodus: Gods And Kings

My commentary

When the first trailers for Ridley Scott’s new epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, hit, the initial reaction (rightfully) was outrage over the film’s whitewashing. Particularly off-putting were the character designs of Australian actor Joel Edgerton, and Americans Sigourney Weaver and John Turturro (seen prominently in the trailer), as the royal family. Add to that an off-putting character design for actor Ben Mendelsohn as the corrupt Governor, who has been outright hidden in the trailer, and the complaints are beyond justified. There was no good reason Scott had to hire white actors for these roles, but in applying a version of black-face is like putting a spotlight on his own mistake. It’s as if he knew he was doing something wrong in casting a nearly all white cast in leading roles, and this was his misguided attempt to remedy the situation and appease audiences. And Scott then dug an even deeper hole for himself, as did Christian Bale, when commenting on the casting decision, stating it was purely for financial purposes and feeding into the very old concept that Hollywood blockbusters can only star white actors; a pure form of professional discrimination.

By Lisley Coffin

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  1. This is a great post! It’s very on point! I did a post on this subject as well.


  2. Maybe it is difficult to get funding for a movie without Hollywood stars even if the director is Ridley Scott.


    • Latti Ice

       /  January 5, 2015

      The problem is some of those actors and actresses weren’t box offices draws with maybe the exception of Christian Bale.



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