Amid criticism that Fox’s new Moses sword and sandal epic Exodus: Gods and Kings is too white, 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter to put cynics in their place. The film, directed by Ridley Scott, stars British actor Christian Bale as Moses, Australian thesp Joel Edgerton as Rhamses, Emmy winner Aaron Paul as Joshua, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya and John Turturro as Seti among many others. In an interview with Deadline’s sister publication Variety, Scott also defended Exodus’ white cast by saying, ““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 Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such…I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.”
Baffled by the outcry over Exodus‘ white cast, Murdoch first tweets:
That comment triggered a locust swarm, such as these jabs back at the CEO:
Prompting Rupert to say:
Well, that didn’t really solve anything, so Murdoch tried to quell the Twitter uprise with the following:
This triggered a conversation with a Swiss black with the Twitter handle @hanlovelle, who griped to Murdoch, “Do you even attempt to make films more diverse?”
To which @hanlovelle rested her case by exclaiming, “I won’t believe you until you cast me in one.”
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