Rupert Murdoch Defends Moses Movie Casting: “Since When Are Egyptian Not White?”
Rupert Murdoch went on Twitter last night (November 28) to defend 20th Century Fox’s new movie “Exodus” which cast Christian Bale as Moses, and a variety of white actors as Egyptians.
And there’s been a buzz on Twitter since.
And a lot of this stems from a quote director Ridley Scott gave Variety about why he didn’t use Egyptian or Arab actors for the film. He said: “I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such,” Scott says. “I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.”
The new Exodus Gods and Kings biblical epic film has been written by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Steven Zaillian and stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, and Ben Kingsley.
“Exodus: Gods and Kings, is the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.”
Check out what Rupert Murdoch had to say on Twitter:
“Moses film attacked on Twitter for all white cast. Since when are Egyptians not white? All I know are.”
“Everybody-attacks last tweet. Of course Egyptians are Middle Eastern, but far from black. They treated blacks as slaves.”
“Okay, there are many shades of color. Nothing racist about that, so calm down!”
And here is the official movie trailer: