Gods Of Egypt Director And Lionsgate Apologize For Lack Of Diversity

Posted: Nov 28 2015, 7:19am CST | by , Updated: Nov 28 2015, 9:57am CST, in News | Latest Movie News

 
Gods of Egypt Director and Lionsgate Apologize for Lack of Diversity
  • Lionsgate issue apology for lack of casting diversity in Gods of Egypt

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Lionsgate Entertainment has released an official statement in response to criticisms regarding the casting choices of Alex Proyas’s Gods of Egypt.

With the trailer release of Alex Proya’s Gods of Egypt, came harsh criticism. Apparently, almost all of the cast including the extras are somehow all coincidentally white or as the people are saying, it was intentional.

The lack of diversity of race and culture casting is a big nuisance according to the Academy of Motion Arts and Science policy of ensuring an equal representation of all cultures and races.

If it was a Southern movie depicted in the 1900s era, a whole white cast might have made sense. The movie is titled Gods of Egypt and as history records, there are essentially no white people in Egypt. The film is yet another movie based in an African continent filled with Australian, Swedish, English, and French actors playing would-be Egyptian humans and gods.

Lionsgate seems to have heard the controversy regarding the so-called “whitewashing”, sometimes referred to as “racebending” and has issued an official apology. The apology stated that the studio recognizes that it is their responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed.

In this instance they have failed to live up to their own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better.

Alex Proya also had a statement of his own. He said that the process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that their casting choices should have been more diverse. He then sincerely apologized to those who are offended by the decisions that they made.

Forbes first published the director and Lionsgate apologies that are given below:

Alex Proyas: “The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”

Lionsgate: ”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. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better.​​”

Gods of Egypt, starring Brenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Rufus Sewell, Elodie Young, Courtney Eaton , Abbey Lee, Chadwick Boseman, Geoffrey Rush, and Gerald Butler, opens February 26th of next year.

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