Is it racist to have Gal Gadot cast as Cleopatra?

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  1. Stevennix2001 profile image84
    Stevennix2001posted 2 years ago

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    In recent news, Paramount is making plans to make a "Cleopatra" movie starring Gal Gadot, who many of you know as Wonder Woman from her recent series of films.   Although she is an Israeli actress, but would it be considered...RACIST to cast her Cleopatra in this day and age? I mean Zoe Saldana played a black civil rights leader in a movie once, but she was forced to apologize for it recently because she wasn't "black enough" according to the media, even though it's confirmed that she is half black herself, but I guess that wasn't good enough for the media.   Personally, I think the fact that Zoe had to apologize for that was bullshit, but that's just me. 

    I honestly do NOT have a problem with Gal Gadot being "Cleopatra" in a film.  I'm sure she'll nail the part as long as Patty Jenkins and her writing crew lean towards her strengths for that film.  But hey what do I know?   However what are your thoughts? You think it's racist to cast her for that role?  Do you think she's a great fit?    Please discuss.

    1. GA Anderson profile image90
      GA Andersonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Ha! I enjoy your 'screen-related' contributions stevenix2001 because It is hard to imagine the insinuations of some of your contributions. For instance, this one; how is it racist for an Israeli actress to play Cleopatra?

      As a note:I am not the knowledgable film industry critic you seem to be, so I am giving you a gut reaction. I just don't see the foundation for the "racist" charge.

      GA

      1. Stevennix2001 profile image84
        Stevennix2001posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        lol  I don't see myself as anymore of a film expert than the average guy walking the street honestly but I do appreciate the compliment.  smile  I don't see anything wrong with her playing "Cleopatra" either, as I think it's a great move for her career considering she can't play Wonder Woman forever, so I see nothing wrong with her wanting to diversify her acting resume a bit.  Heck, the director of the "Cleopatra" films is Patty Jenkins, who directed the Wonder Woman films thus far, so it wouldn't surprise me if Patty not only likes working with Gal, but she's probably doing this as a favor having her cast in the lead role, as it would definitely be a boost for Gal's career.

        Unfortunately, it seems fans on Twitter and some media outlets are saying she looks too white for the role now.  Oh well.  Hopefully the film doesn't get hit by cancel culture, but I have a feeling it will be.  Sad.

  2. Kathryn L Hill profile image76
    Kathryn L Hillposted 2 years ago

    The question is racist, don't you know?
    Is there really some problem with an Israeli playing an Egyptian?

  3. Kathryn L Hill profile image76
    Kathryn L Hillposted 2 years ago

    Is her blood green?
    Is her liver not in the same location as other humans?
    Does she have webbed feet and fingers?
    Does she have six toes on each foot?
    Does she not have opposable thumbs?
    Who cares what her genetic code is as far as her heritage?
    This talk about racism is totally tiring.
    Get over it, already! We are all humans.
    And we are all great.
    And we are all crappy and we are all on journeys toward enlightenment.
    And we all suffer and we all celebrate and we all have emotions and we all falter and we are all infallible

    and we are all capable of love.
    ... aren't we?

    1. Stevennix2001 profile image84
      Stevennix2001posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      In a strange way, this reminds me of when the LBGT community attacked Ruby Rose online when it was initially announced she was playing "Batwoman" for the CW, as they claimed she wasn't gay enough for the part because of her gender fluid status.  First of all it makes no difference what she classifies as because physically speaking she's still built like any other woman in the world, and she's attracted to other women, so how can she not be "gay enough" for the role of a lesbian character like Batwoman?  (not to be confused with Batgirl, as she's an entirely different character from Batwoman for those that never read the comics)  It's just crazy how woke Hollywood is getting.

 
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