Being “edgy” only lasts so long before it gets old.
Today’s leftist filmmakers may think they’re being shocking and relevant with the blackwashing trend, in which they cast black actors to depict historical figures who were white or fictional characters who were traditionally established as being white.
But, if anything, they only reveal themselves to be bereft of any originality. For such creators, cultural Marxism is all they have to offer, and it’s a poor substitute for actual artistic achievement.
One of the most prominent examples of the blackwashing craze, the Netlifx Cleopatra “biopic” helmed by Jada Pinkett Smith, stars Adele James, a black woman, as Cleopatra.
There’s no logical reason for this except to perpetuate the historically inaccurate and oft-dispelled trope in which black Americans claim that the peoples of ancient civilizations, most notably Egypt, were actually black.
Not only are Egyptians (ancient and modern) not black, Cleopatra was doubly not so. As has repeatedly been pointed out, she was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty. As such, she was a descendant of its founder Ptolemy I Soter, a Macedonian Greek general and companion of Alexander the Great. While we can’t say the precise tone of her skin, she was certainly…
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