The “Gods of Egypt” Trailer is Really Weird and Really White
Hollywood just can’t get Egypt right. The internet had barely calmed down over that dumb “Exodus” movie where all the main actors were white and all the actors of color played slaves, and now we’ve got “Gods of Egypt,” where even the gods are white British dudes.
In the movie, the god of darkness Set, played by Gerard “This! Is! Sparta!” Butler, takes over Egypt and steals the magic eye of the god Horus, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau aka a less-blond Jaime Lannister from “Game of Thrones.” A mortal named Bek, played by the very blond Brenton Thwaites, sets out to retrieve the eye, team up with Horus and save the world, along with his hot girlfriend.
Soraya Nadia McDonald noted in the Washington Post:
Social media was never going to let this skirt by, but the timing of the poster release is especially unfortunate for Lionsgate. Thanks to Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None,” whitewashed casting and the offensiveness of brownface has pretty much dominated the pop culture conversation this week. Promotion for the movie is beginning just as we’re wrapping a banner year for discussions of diversity and gender pay equity in the film industry. Whoops.
And that’s before we get to the crazy special effects, which make this movie look like a video game or something from the “Transformers” franchise.