Gal Gadot's casting as Cleopatra starts Twitter debate over Israeli actress playing Egyptian queen
While many Twitter users stated how it was “not right” to cast Gal Gadot, others pointed out that Cleopatra was actually Macedonian Greek
It has been only a day after actor Gal Gadot announced that she will be reuniting with her Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins for a period drama based on the life of the queen of Egypt, Cleopatra.
In a social media post, the actor made it clear that the story will portray the last ruler of Egypt’s Ptolemaic Kingdom in a new light as the story will be told “through women's eyes, both behind and in front of the camera”.
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As you might have heard I teamed up with Patty jenkins and Leata Kalogridis to bring the story of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, to the big screen in a way she’s never been seen before. To tell her story for the first time through women's eyes, both behind and in front of the camera. And we are especially thrilled to be announcing this on International Day of the Girl! We hope women and girls all around the world, who aspire to tell stories will never give up on their dreams and will make their voices heard, by and for other women. #cleopatra #internationaldayofthegirl
However, Twitter users were fixated on something else. Many took objection to an Israeli woman playing an Egyptian queen. Twitterati posed a simple question as to why the makers could not cast an Arab or Black woman for the role.
Gal Gadot has been cast as Cleopatra in a ‘CLEOPATRA’ biopic for Paramount.
Patty Jenkins is set to direct & Laeta Kalogridis will write the script.
(Source: Deadline) pic.twitter.com/TrpUMZ2cXD
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) October 11, 2020
Cleopatra was an Egyptian queen, It was better to choose an Egyptian actress to play the role. What about those Egyptian actresses? pic.twitter.com/Gs8RTZukxA — Egyptian princess (@joky06225352) October 13, 2020
Gal Gadot as Cleopatra?!
Who are they going to get to play Nefertiti... Miley Cyrus lol
— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) October 11, 2020
Many pointed out how it was “not right” to cast someone who has been a former Israeli Defense Force soldier.
Not Hollywood trying to cast Gal Gadot to play Cleopatra. Of all white actresses to cast, they gotta cast a whole ex IDF soldier — nalisa alia amin (@nalisaaa) October 13, 2020
Whatever you think of her being cast as Cleopatra, never forget that Gal Gadot proudly served (and continues to support) a colonial army notorious for maiming and murdering civilians.
— Steven Salaita (@stevesalaita) October 11, 2020
Gadot, like other Israeli men and women, had served in the country’s army and even participated in the 34-day conflict between Lebanon and northern Israel in 2006. This Twitter brigade was however soon brought down by another set of Twitterati who pointed out that although Cleopatra was the ruler of Egypt, she was not Egyptian. In fact, she was Macedonian Greek.
So, she didn’t know Cleopatra was Greek & she calls the stunning Gal Gadot “very bland looking”. Pathological hatred of Israel does strange things to people’s brains. https://t.co/dgOa9ILFFJ
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) October 12, 2020
Gal Gadot was cast as Cleopatra and the world is offended because a black woman wasn’t chosen for the role.
Cleopatra was Macedonian Greek, nOt black. The Ptolemaic Dynasty was 99% inbred.
The offensive part of this is Gal Gadot is WAY too pretty to play Cleopatra. pic.twitter.com/hQOWWYbFbM
— Mac Lethal (@MacLethal) October 13, 2020
Gal Gadot, who is Israeli, was cast to play Cleopatra Now we're finding out how many people didn't know that Cleopatra wasn't actually of Egyptian descent https://t.co/leuKzE1F6y — Lauren Chen (@TheLaurenChen) October 12, 2020
I'm going to say this once and I'm not going to say it again, Cleopatra was Greek.
Yes, she was in Egyptian ruler but she was Greek with Persian and Syrian ancestry. The people who are reacting negatively that to this are uneducated and uninformed.
Gal Gadot deserves this role. pic.twitter.com/7h1oYu9ClX
— The Moonlight Warrior (@BlackMajikMan90) October 11, 2020
Cleopatra was ethnically Macedonian Greek. Stop shaming @GalGadot and dividing people based on falsities. Reserve your outrage for world issues that urgently need our attention. — Nazanin Boniadi (@NazaninBoniadi) October 12, 2020
Cleopatra belongs to the ancient Greeks. Gal can play her. End of discussion.
— Giorgio A. Tsoukalos (@Tsoukalos) October 13, 2020
Many opined that people actually had reservations about a Jew playing the role.
Before the 35-year-old star, actors Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor have portrayed Cleopatra on screen.
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