Problems with the Netflix series Cleopatra, forced inclusion?

Netflix Queen Cleopatra star Adele James tackles the Controversy over skin color


The series sparked many protests in Egypt. So much so that the lawyer Egypt's Mahmoud al-Semary sued Netflix in the indictment: transmission should be blocked, he said, because casting Cleopatra with a Black women "distort and erase Egypt's identity."

Some historians, such as the respected Egyptologist and former minister of Zahi Hawass Antiquities have even argued that "Cleopatra was Greek, meaning he was light-skinned, not black."

Adele James has addressed the controversy surrounding the skin colour of her character Cleopatra in a new Netflix documentary series.

"Queen Cleopatra," produced and narrated by Jada Pinkett Smith, portrays the Ruler of the Ptolemaic Egyptian kingdom as a black woman.

Egyptian authorities criticized the choice of James, who is biracial, for paper. The actress addressed the controversy during a recent appearance. on "The Wayne Ayers Podcast".

"Blackwashing doesn't exist, does it?" she says. "It saddens me that the people hate each other so much or feel so threatened by darkness that have to do this, separate Egypt from the rest of the continent," he added.

James mentioned the word "bleach" as opposed to the term "bleach," which is used. to refer to when white actors are cast as black.

In 2020, there were "covert" complaints over the news that the Israeli actress and "Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot had been cast as Cleopatra in a Next movie.

The center of debate among historians was whether Cleopatra, who came from A long line of Greek Macedonians, he had darker skin due to his African ancestry.

Proponents of the belief thus remember that Egypt is part of the continent African.

"Her ethnicity is not the focus of 'Queen Cleopatra,' but we chose intentionally portrayed it as a mixed ethnicity to reflect theories about Cleopatra's possible Egyptian ancestry and the multicultural nature of the ancient Egypt," they explained.

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities has also been embroiled in the controversy, issuing a lengthy statement citing experts who They agreed that Cleopatra had "white skin and Hellenistic features."

For Mostafa Waziri, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, the Depiction of the famous queen in black is nothing more than a "forgery of Egyptian history". It's not racist, he says, it's just "supporting the history of the Queen Cleopatra, who is an important part of ancient history Egypt."

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