Gal Gadot’s choice to play Cleopatra under fire from fierce criticism

May 3, 2018 by No Comments

The choice is controversial. After playing Wonder Woman, Israeli actress Gal Gadot will soon play Cleopatra. Under the fire of strong criticism since her appointment, several Internet users denounce a “white-washing”, believing that the actress is not representative of Cleopatra, the majority of Egyptians at the time being black.

Beyond that, it would seem that it is her public positions in favor of the Israeli army in the events that have occurred in the Gaza Strip that place the actress at the heart of a second controversy.

First controversy in 2014

The actress was already at the origin of a controversy when the film Wonder Woman was released. Promoted as a superheroine of the Disney Comic universe, the actress had published a Facebook status showing her political position at the time of the “Third war in Gaza”, where the number of Palestinian civilians killed reached an unprecedented level since the Six Day War of June 1967.

I send my love and prayers to my Israeli citizens. Especially to all the boys and girls who risk their lives to protect my country from the terrifying acts of Hamas, who hide like cowards behind women and children… We will overcome all of this! Shabbat Shalom! She wrote adding #weareright (“we are right”) #freegazafromhamas (“free Gaza from Hamas”) and #Loveidf (“I love IDF”).

His appointment had been strongly contested in several Arab countries, until the film was censored in Lebanon. Some comic book fans also criticized him for his two years of military service between his 18 and 20 years in the Israeli armed forces as well as his anti-Hamas positions in 2014.

Her incarnation as Cleopatra rekindles critics

His incarnation as Cleopatra therefore again creates controversy and revives criticism. Several Internet users affirm that the choice of the actress is ” just another accident in the history of white washing and colonial heritage “.

Let’s not forget that Gal Gadot has repeatedly expressed his support for the IDF who has the blood of thousands of innocent Palestinians on his hands Said one of the internet users behind the #RecognisePalestineNow hashtag.

“Torrent of hate messages”

On the contrary, other Internet users have shown their support for the actress by asserting that ” Cleopatra VII was a Macedonian of Greek culture and not Arab “Before adding that” the roles should not depend on the country on the passport anyway “.

For their part, the Union of Jewish Students of France deplored ” a torrent of hate messages simply because (the actress) is Jewish and Israeli “.

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