Lionsgate Apologizes For Whitewashing “Gods of Egypt”, Ava DuVernay Responds

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In this digital age, it’s easy to express collective outrage over a particular subject or event. Such was the case when the poster for Gods of Egypt was released. As the title suggests, the movie takes place in Egypt. Yet, the primary actors and actresses are White.

The people spoke up about their confusion and disgust of the blatant and unnecessary Whitewashing.

Their voices were so loud that both Lionsgate and the film’s director Alex Proyas apologized for the lack of diversity in their casting choices.

Proyas said, “The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse.”

Then the studio reiterated the statement.

“We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize.”

The apology means very little considering the studio is not planning on changing anything,

Director Ava DuVernay stepped forward to say as much.

Then she celebrated the films that are starring actors of color.


What do you think about the apologies? Does it mean anything to you?

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