Angelina Jolie Catching Heat for Cleopatra Role

Angelina Jolie Catching Heat for Cleopatra Role-photo

Not everyone is thrilled at the prospect of Angelina Jolie playing the Queen of the Nile.

The Salt beauty has signed on to play Cleopatra in the upcoming film adaptation of the Stacy Schiff biography Cleopatra: A Life, and the Internet is abuzz with anger about the fact that, once again, Cleopatra is being played by someone who, uh, might not look terribly like the historical figure.

One Essence.com article, bluntly titled "Another White Actress to Play Cleopatra?" laments,

"Honestly, I don't care how full Angelina Jolie's lips are, how many African children she adopts, or how bronzed her skin will become for the film, I firmly believe this role should have gone to a black woman...Were Vanessa Williams, Halle Berry  and Thandie Newton unavailable for auditions that day? Why does Hollywood think it’s even slightly plausible to cast white women in roles that would be more sensible to cast a black actress for? Especially when that role is an African queen."

Clutchmagonline, meanwhile, grouses,

"We can debate Cleopatra’s ethnic make up all day long. But the fact is, there is increasing scientific evidence confirming Cleopatra was a Black woman –whether or not she had a dark complexion is not the issue–Cleopatra was an African queen. It is artistically and morally irresponsible for Angelina Jolie to accept this role."

Wow. That's a heavy charge. 

Do you think Angelina is right for the role of Cleopatra? If not her, then who? Let us know in the comments section.

 

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  • anon YMUS
    anon YMUS

    ---DON'T fall for the Jolie 'race issue' --it's for slaves. DO pay attention to how this latest soft-porn Cleopatra is used to emotive program us for New World Order eugenic 'suicide culture'. (i.e.YOU-genocide) Just as the Taylor Cleopatra was used to launch 'divorce culture' back in the 60's. Similar too is how Oprah and co. were used to make extermination of the unborn 'reasonable' back a few decades via emotive sequencing around the topic again and again --until the unthinkable, bypassing your conscious mind, becomes part of your unconscious script. --------------------AND it works! --like a dream.

  • anon YMUS
    anon YMUS

    ---Is this really the time for more soft-porn YOU-genocide agenda pre-programming ----ESP. as news of Hollywood's concealing/promoting of the RED China eugenics halocaust is sweeping the web.

  • Wow
    Wow

    Cleopatra was white or mixed race. Moving past that, the person who said that Egyptians are not black is full of sh*t. There are more than two Egyptians, that's the first thing you lied about. I've heard many Egyptians say there are black Egyptians and have seen black Egyptians. Your light skin can definitely be explained. You're probably a descendant of the Arabs who conquered Egypt after the Romans weakened the Egyptian empire. Native Egyptians were not fair skinned. There are all kinds of colors in Egypt now, but the natives were black.

  • Lisa
    Lisa

    OMG like you guys really think that Hallie Berry or Vanessa Williams are great actresses to play that role. You would need a good actress to play the role--doesnt matter what the race is. Besides arent the African Americans redoing a lot of the white people movies. Its ok for them to do that but not ok for white people to take different race movies.

  • Katie Rickard
    Katie Rickard

    It's not not because "Cleopatra has always been played by a white woman" that the REAL one was WHITE. People should really study history and get off from hiding underneath their rocks, it's embarrassing. Studies have clearly shown that Egyptians were BLACK. Light skinned, dark skinned, call it however you want, but the bottom line is that they were not White, they had a darker complexion. Look at the people from North Africa, especially going to the West (Mauritania for exemple). And for the comment about the Royalty of Ancient Egypt being Greek, again, check your facts: the Greeks didn't invade Egypte until 332 B.C. However, the Realm existed since 5800 B.C. Do the math. Wow. Just because you went to Wikipedia or some other website does not mean you have your facts straight. Cleopatra was of the Ptolemaic dynasty, descended from Ptolemy, one of Alexander the Great's generals. Alexander the Great actually founded the city in which Cleopatra ruled from 51 to 30 B.C.; maybe you've heard of it, it's called Alexandria. Another commenter said that the pharaohs married within their own families, and this is true, as is the comment of the pharaohs not speaking the language of their people. Cleopatra was an Egyptian queen, but was Macedonian. Macedonia was located on the Greek Peninsula. Just because she was queen of a kingdom that happened to be in Northern Africa, does not necessarily mean Cleopatra was Black. Why don't you do the math and the research to get YOUR facts straight?

  • ROE
    ROE

    THERE IS NO ONE BETTER THAT WILL FIT THE ROLE. LETS JUST LEAVE IT TO THE EXPERTS TO DECIDE.

  • LeviKlein
    LeviKlein

    It's not not because "Cleopatra has always been played by a white woman" that the REAL one was WHITE. People should really study history and get off from hiding underneath their rocks, it's embarrassing. Studies have clearly shown that Egyptians were BLACK. Light skinned, dark skinned, call it however you want, but the bottom line is that they were not White, they had a darker complexion. Look at the people from North Africa, especially going to the West (Mauritania for exemple). And for the comment about the Royalty of Ancient Egypt being Greek, again, check your facts: the Greeks didn't invade Egypte until 332 B.C. However, the Realm existed since 5800 B.C. Do the math.

  • Bevin
    Bevin

    I think Angelina Jolie would be brilliant! I know she's not African-American but she can get bronzed and the makeup and effects will cover up her skin! Seriously, she'll be wearing so much makeup and necklaces and all that Egyptian stuff that you'll barely even notice! She's a great actress and she'll definitely pull off the role- isn't that what really matters?

  • who cares
    who cares

    Weird... I remember hearing the royalty of Ancient Egypt was Greek... I mean, the Pharoahs spoke completely different languages than the commoners. And anyways, the royalty wasn't pure Egyptian, and we have no definite proof, so why not? Thank you for putting this so greatly. The problem is, is that now just because there is a black president all the sudden all hollywood roles what should go to black woman. f*ck that sh*t. First of all, Cleopatra has always been played by a white woman, Angie was a great choice for the movie.

  • Lynzaa
    Lynzaa

    Kerry WAshington!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LALALA
    LALALA

    As metioned above by some others, Cleopatra was Macedonian or mixed and the advantage to having a" white woman" cast in this type of role is the fact that you can adapt their looks to look like they come from any ethnic background... dye her hair a rich dark brown, spray tan the hell out of her and voila!- An ancient Egyptian! As for someone like Halle Berry getting the role... like come on!! She has the whitest features ever seen on a "black woman" is there really a big difference there?

  • bubbalicious
    bubbalicious

    angelina jolie playing another minority. remember when she went blackface to play daniel pearl's wife in "a mighty heart"? i won't see this movie but let's hope her accent is as good as the one when she was in "alexander".

  • Masr
    Masr

    FFS Egyptians aren't black!! I am Egyptian, my mum and dad are Egyptians but I am as white as Edward the vampire is!!! Most people in my class maybe have olive skin but most of my friends are just as white as any other American! I've seen only 2 black Egyptians in my whole existence in Egypt so PLEASE get your facts right before you speak, OK? Not because I live in Africa then that means I'm black. No offence to any dark skinned people :)

  • chiquita
    chiquita

    I'm sorry but omg look at that picture!! She is freakin me out damn she looks so... fake. Or like a talking doll from some horror movie

  • blonde jesus?
    blonde jesus?

    although I argee with many here that Egyptian/Macedonian women do not have black complexions (olive-skinned is more accurate), I would applaud if directors had the balls to cast Halle Berry or Zoe Saldana. (no offense to Jolie btw, she's wonderful and regal-looking) I wonder what century we'll be living in before we see an olive skinned, dark-haired Jesus on the white screen.... :)

  • annabannana56
    annabannana56

    Great!! Go Angie!!!

  • echolalala
    echolalala

    I've worked with some beautiful women from all of the places mentioned here: Greece, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain. I've also seen some incredible and varied genetic mixes in those women. Irate protesters should keep in mind that first, it's Hollywood. When is Hollywood ever realistic? Second, from an anthropological and/or sociological point of view, what does an African queen even look like? Based on the women I've seen from the Middle East and certain parts of Africa, take Angie, add bronzer, brown contacts, a wig and her "one size fits all foreign accent" and poof! There's Cleopatra. I still won't watch the movie, though.

  • Eyke
    Eyke

    Celebuzzo is correct!!! Cleopatra was Macedonian, to "protect" their bloodline the royal family was incestuous, Cleopatra was married to her younger brother who she ended up murdering!! The point is they were unable to marry other high ranking Macedonians and so they married within their immediate family. SO Ultimately Cleopatra was Macedonian and NOT Egyptian or African at all!

  • celebuzzo211
    celebuzzo211

    Egypt was conquered by Persian Empire and the Ruler of the Persian Empire took the title Pharaoh of Egypt . Alexander the Great conquered the Persian Empire and later one of his Generals took the title of Pharaoh and starred the Ptolemaic Dynasty which ruled until The Roman Republic under(Octavius later Augustus) defeated the forces of Mark Antony/Cleopatra forces and Egypt become the Roman province of Aegyptus. Cleopatra was most likely a mixture of Greek/Macedon/Persian, etc.

  • Alianne
    Alianne

    Weird... I remember hearing the royalty of Ancient Egypt was Greek... I mean, the Pharoahs spoke completely different languages than the commoners. And anyways, the royalty wasn't pure Egyptian, and we have no definite proof, so why not?

  • elizabeth
    elizabeth

    There is no actual evidence to support that Cleopatra was BLACK. She could very well have been Egyptian!! Egypt happens to be located in Africa but that does NOT MAKE EGYPTIAN PEOPLE BLACK!! There are other countries located in Africa as well. Not all peoples that come from Africa of BLACK!! Therefore, Angelina Jolie has just as much right to play Cleopatra as any black actress. As a matter of fact, I don't think they could have picked a better actress to play Cleopatra, unless, of course, they chose an Egyptian Actress!

  • krist
    krist

    It is pretty disheartening that once again Cleopatra goes to someone that doesn't fit her actual make up but it's hollywood, what can you expect? African American actresses have always gotten the shaft in some way, shape or form and clearly that's not going to change anytime soon.

  • britini95
    britini95

    Exactly! Don't get me wrong, I adore Angelina, but she's too European looking. Egyptians have bronze skin but very delicate features. Halle Berry would make a perfect Cleopatra! But whoever this is doesn't need to be angery at Angelina, blame Hollywood directors!

  • NO!
    NO!

    I've been saying they picked the wrong person she doesn't fit the part at all! I know alot of people who say they wont watch this movie! Not a good choice at all!

 

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