While still on a racial note, let’s bring Donald Trump Rupert Murdoch into the mix, with his stunningly silly and obnoxious comments about the upcoming waste of time Biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, directed by Ridley Scott. Ridley claimed that he wouldn’t have been able to get the film financed had he used Egyptian actors who are unknown to American audiences—so he hired the English Christian Bale as Moses and the Australian Joel Edgerton to play Pharaoh instead. (Let’s not forget Sigourney Weaver as an Egyptian, either!)
Ridley has a point, of course, given the myopic unimaginativeness of Tinseltown, but there are plenty of amazing actors from the Middle East who could have been cast; Joel is a terrific actor not known well-known enough to carry the film.
In Uncle Rupe’s world, however, what does that matter? “Moses film attacked on Twitter for all white cast,” he Tweeted. “Since when are Egyptians not white? All I know are.”
So you have to ask yourself exactly how many Egyptians Uncle Rupe knows. (Omar Sharif?) And then you have to ask what the hell was he drinking.
After suitable outrage on Twitter, an unrepentant Rupe Tweeted, “Everybody-attacks last tweet. Of course Egyptians are Middle Eastern, but far from black. They treated blacks as slaves.”
Um never mind that his history is a little off.
But he knows all about slaves. Just ask his journalists who were told to hack or be hacked.
So he oughta know.