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June 19, 2010

The queen of denial


Not everyone is happy Angelina Jolie may play Cleopatra.

Because they are racist.

An Essence Magazine online story asks, 'Another White Actress to Play Cleopatra?'

'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.'

Small problem. Cleopatra VII Philopator was Greek. Well, Macedonian. After almost three centuries of Ptolemaic rule in Egypt, she was the first of her line to bother to learn Egyptian.

Which is all by the by as the Egyptians were not "black" and, with one dynastic exception, neither were their pharaohs.

The bust (above) is a likeness of Cleopatra carved in her own lifetime. Compare that profile to her likeness on her coinage and I believe you will agree it is probably accurate. She wasn't Angelina Jolie - or Elizabeth Taylor, for that matter - but she was "white".

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 19, 2010 09:54 AM


She of course played a Macedonian in the awful "Alexander" (complete with Russian accent) so why not?
She is certainly more historically accurate than Denzel Washington as Hannibal Barca ....

Posted by: Tim Johnston [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 19, 2010 07:06 PM