As the epic biblical tale hits the big screen, many have decried the casting, hoping that in the future, producers like Ridley Scott will take heed and have more sensitivity.
Exodus: Gods and Kings, Ridley Scott’s epic story of Moses, hit theaters nationwide Friday, and while some people are gearing up for what’s expected to be a biblical blockbuster, others are thinking “not again,” as once more, white actors snag the key roles—even though the story takes place in ancient Egypt—while actors of color stay in the background.
Christian Bale, known for his roles in American Psycho and most recently the Dark Knight Trilogy, captured the coveted role of Moses, and that has left some enthusiasts unimpressed.
“The casting kind of looks like a throwback to the era of the Charlton Heston films and, as such, is playing into this very misguided idea that the origins of Judaism and Christianity are in a community that looks like they’re from Minnesota or Sweden,” Lynn Hamilton, who created a petition on Care2 decrying the casting, told The Root. “If there was a Moses, then he would not have looked like Christian Bale. … If you’re going to create a story and tell a story that’s set in ancient Egypt, then I guess I think that the characters should look like they belong to ancient Egypt.”
Hamilton, who is Presbyterian of Scottish descent, has particular interest in this casting for various reasons. One of them rests in a childhood memory from years ago that all heroes in the Bible were presented as older, white men.
“I remember going to Sunday school class, and the teacher would pull these cardboard cutouts of Moses and Noah out of the box … and they were invariably old, white men in robes. They looked like my next-door neighbor, but in robes,” Hamilton, now 56, recalled. “Imagine as a child to have that inculcated in me that all of the heroes of Christianity are white. I do think that’s kind of wrong.”
Source: The Root | BREANNA EDWARDS