Netflix sued for casting ‘black girl’ as Queen Cleopatra

Egypt is just not completely satisfied how Netflix has determined to painting their former queen Cleopatra. A lawyer from Egypt has sued the OTT platform in search of that their streaming companies be banned within the nation the place Cleopatra dominated because the nation’s final energetic ruler from 51 to 30 BC. 

Within the newest documentary Queen Cleopatra, which is about to be launched on 10 Might, Netflix selected to forged British actress Adele James to play the queen identified particularly identified for her antiquity, the prototype of the romantic femme fatale, and for her relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.

Lawyer Mahmoud al-Semary filed the lawsuit with a public prosecutor with the intention of getting Netflix banned in Egypt for what he claimed was a distortion of historical past.

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The Egyptian lawyer has mentioned that Netflix is misappropriating Egyptian historical past by distorting it by favouring the promotion of Afrocentricism. Al-Semary additionally famous warped requirements within the documentary’s trailer that was launched per week in the past. 

He complained that “most of what Netflix platform shows don’t conform to Islamic and societal values and ideas, particularly Egyptian ones.”

He added that “in an effort to protect the Egyptian nationwide and cultural id amongst Egyptians all around the world, there should be delight within the makings of such work.”

Al-Semary is just not the one one that has objected a to a ‘black’ girl being forged as Cleopatra. 

Others complained of the casting selections made for the documentary, with Egypt’s former Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass saying that the depiction of Cleopatra “is totally faux. Cleopatra was Greek, that means that she was blonde, not Black.”

Controversy round Queen Cleopatra casting

“We do not typically get to see or hear tales about black queens, and that was actually essential for me, in addition to for my daughter, and only for my neighborhood to have the ability to know these tales as a result of there are tons of them!” Netflix mentioned, based on the BBC.

The position of Cleopatra was initially meant to be performed by Israeli actress of Surprise Girl fame, Gal Gadot. Nevertheless, there was a major public backlash surrounding the selection, and Netflix was accused of white-washing the historic determine.

The choice resulted in campaigns for Cleopatra to be recast and performed by an Arab or African actress, even supposing she was Macedonian.

“Initially if you wish to be true to the info then Cleopatra was Macedonian,” Gal Gadot instructed the BBC.

“We have been searching for a Macedonian actress that would match Cleopatra. She wasn’t there, and I used to be very obsessed with Cleopatra.”

She added, “I’ve associates from throughout the globe, whether or not they’re Muslims or Christian or Catholic or atheist or Buddhist, or Jewish in fact… Persons are folks, and with me, I need to rejoice the legacy of Cleopatra and honor this wonderful historic icon that I love a lot.”

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Up to date: 21 Apr 2023, 10:54 PM IST