Voor het eerst zal het verhaal verteld worden door de ogen van vrouwen, zowel voor als achter de schermen. De casting van de Israëlische actrice wordt echter al bekritiseerd voordat er ook maar één shot gedraaid is.
As you might have heard I teamed up with @PattyJenks and @LKalogridis to bring the story of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, to the big screen in a way she's never been seen before. To tell her story for the first time through women's eyes, both behind and in front of the camera. pic.twitter.com/k5eyTIfzjB-- Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) October 12, 2020
Velen vinden dat Gadot een té Europese uitstraling heeft en dat Cleopatra gespeeld moet worden door iemand met een Egyptisch/Arabisch uiterlijk.
Zij krijgen echter 'geschiedenisles' van mensen die simpelweg wijzen op [CORRECTIE] het feit dat Cleopatra van Macedonisch/Griekse afkomst was en er dus niks mis is met de keuze voor Gadot. Een greep uit de reacties:
So...there were no Egyptian women to play, um, an *Egyptian* queen? https://t.co/RBFv55He8d-- Abdul El-Sayed, MD, DPhil (@AbdulElSayed) October 11, 2020
Gal Gadot, who is Israeli, was cast to play Cleopatra-- Lauren Chen (@TheLaurenChen) October 12, 2020
Now we're finding out how many people didn't know that Cleopatra wasn't actually of Egyptian descent https://t.co/leuKzE1F6y
A Middle Eastern woman playing another Middle Eastern woman is not whitewashing.-- Scion of Zion (@Scion_of_Zion) October 11, 2020
And Gal Gadot is Middle Eastern, ethnically and nationally. You can refuse to accept that all you want, but it won't change the truth.
So, she didn't know Cleopatra was Greek & she calls the stunning Gal Gadot "very bland looking". Pathological hatred of Israel does strange things to people's brains. https://t.co/dgOa9ILFFJ-- Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) October 12, 2020
Cleopatra...wasn't Arab pic.twitter.com/nwDFZsGh6t-- Daniel Sugarman (@Daniel_Sugarman) October 11, 2020
Cleopatra was Macedonian Greek, not Arab, and Gal Gadot's family has been in Israel for six generations. Take a deep breath, Sameera. https://t.co/xYEunlp5aK-- Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) October 12, 2020
I'm going to say this once and I'm not going to say it again, Cleopatra was Greek.-- The Moonlight Warrior 🌙 (@BlackMajikMan90) October 11, 2020
Yes, she was in Egyptian ruler but she was Greek with Persian and Syrian ancestry. The people who are reacting negatively that to this are uneducated and uninformed.
Gal Gadot deserves this role. pic.twitter.com/7h1oYu9ClX
Someone explain to me how Gal Gadot can be stealing an "Arab role" when Cleopatra was Macedonian 🥴-- טניה (@silentactiviist) October 12, 2020
Funny that she wasn't Arab or Israeli but people are only pressed that a Jewish actress is going to be playing her.
Either you're antisemitic or just were dead in history class.