We’re not sure what part about Egypt being an African nation is hard for Hollywood to understand — because they keep trying to give us movies set in Egypt with lily-white lead actors and actresses.
You would think that after the ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ disaster that happened last year movie studios would know better — but nope.
There’s a new film, ‘Gods of Egypt,’ starring Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as warring Egyptian gods.
Movie, #GodsOfEgypt in which everyone is white? Egyptians, in history and today, have NEVER been white. BRING BACK GEOGRAPHY!! It's Africa!
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 12, 2015
— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) November 12, 2015
‘Gods of Egypt’ director Alex Proyas and the film’s studio, Lionsgate, have issued apologies for the lack of diverse casting in the mythological action film.
Proyas issued a statement apologizing for the lack of racial diversity in the cast on Friday. “The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”
Lionsgate also acknowledged the need for more inclusive casting in a statement obtained by Variety, which reads: “We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better.??”
Please, do better.