Hollywood is constantly under scrutiny for whitewashing characters in film. Whitewashing is when a character that is originally a person of color or other minority is casted in another form of media as a white person. While this has been brought up in past film adaptations, it is currently an issue with the new movie “Exodus: Gods And Kings” directed by Ridley Scott.
The controversy surrounding the movie is about the leading lineup of kings, queens and prophets being played by white actors such as Christian Bale and Sigourney Weaver. On the other hand, actors of color play all the slaves, servants, and low-class civilians. Mind you, these biblical characters are all supposed to be Egyptian—so you see the issue?
Along with “Exodus”, “The Hunger Games” also was met with some controversy in regards to whitewashing. In the book, the lead character Katniss Everdeen is described as having straight black hair, olive skin, and gray eyes. I’m sure we all can agree that the actress Jennifer Lawrence does not fit this description.
This is a persistent issue in Hollywood film adaptations and is harmful because minority groups continue to be underrepresented, which further fuels ideas surrounding negative stereotypes. How do you feel about whitewashing and the lineup chosen for the film “Exodus”?