So Ridley Scott’s new movieis being rightly criticized for the lack of diversity in its leading characters. The Egyptian population which is a ethnically diverse mixture of North African, sub-Saharan African, Middle Eastern and some European ancestry.
Haroon Moghul summed up the controversy nicely when he said “A white guy named Christian can be Moses, but any color guy named Muhammad can’t lead a movie. Any movie.”
So remember that people of color especially those of you named Muhammad, also I wonder what this Muhammad would have to say about the fear of the name Muhammad.
Ridley Scott has responded to months of criticism over the lack of ethnic diversity in his latest film, Exodus: Gods and Kings, saying that his decision to to cast white actors in key roles was due to financial reasons.
“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 Muhammad so-and-so from such-and-such,” the Gladiator director told Variety magazine in an interview this week.
“I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.”
*The “expert on race ” Rupert Murdoch also know for his “tolerance and love of diversity” has chimed in