Lately this week, Twitter exploded with many problems regarding the director Patty Jenkins’s announcement of Gal Gadot as Hollywood’s newest Cleopatra. The Israeli actress, model, and producer, Gal Gadot, who is popularly recognized for her role in Wonder Women, faced many accusations for announcing her as the Cleopatra. The movie Cleopatra has sparked controversy before the filming has even started. The issue is not regarding Gadot but about the “Cultural Whitewashing” allegation. As record states, Cleopatra is a historically-accurate choice to play Egypt’s most famous queen. Cleopatra was a descendent of a historical greek family of rulers- the Ptolemy Dynasty. She was born in 69BC in Egypt and ruled the Nile Kingdom, Rome. So far there is no proof of the queen Cleopatra as a non-white woman, but Hollywood has considered Egypt’s queen as a white woman?
Are the fans against Gal Gadot or Patty Jenkins or Hollywood?
While some historians claim that Cleopatra may have been at least part of Africa. However, Cleopatra’s true ethnicity is yet to be officiated. Overall the problem arose at the beginning when it was announced who’s going to play Cleopatra’s role, as everyone including the historians is still unknown about Cleopatra’s race. Speaking of whitewashing of ancient civilizations, Hollywood has got a long list. Gadot is one of white and white-passing Hollywood actresses to play the part of Cleopatra, while in the past, it included actresses Elizabeth Taylor, Claudette Colbert, and Vivien Leigh. But the trouble rose widely when it was speculated that Angeline Jolie and Lady Gaga were considered for the role, regardless of Cleopatra’s lineage. Thereby social media started flooding with comments shortly after the announcement of Gadot as Cleopatra, as the role should be given to an Arab or African actress instead of an Israelian actress and white actors should be stopped from portraying people of color.
Is this the first time Hollywood is against different races?
The point at issue is not only Cleopatra’s story but also Jake Gyllenhaal’s lead role in “Prince of Persia”, James Caviezel as Jesus Christ in “The Passion Of The Christ”, and Charlton Heston’s depiction of Moses in the movie “The Ten Commandments” gave birth to whitewashing matter.