The news that Angelina Jolie has been hired to play Cleopatra in an upcoming biopic has some in the African-American community fuming that Jolie is “too white” to play the famous Egyptian pharaoh.
‘WHY NOT A BLACK ACTRESS?’
A recent Essence.com commentary entitled Another White Actress to Play Cleopatra?insists:
“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.”
This makes me so fucking angry. Not because they chose Jolie to play Cleopatra, but because of the reaction that is coming from the black community in America. I am tired of this revisionist history in which the ancient Egyptians were black. They weren’t. How do we know this? They left paintings of themselves all over. Guess what, none of them were black.
Moreover, Cleopatra wasn’t even Egyptian. During that time of Egypt’s history, Egypt was ruled by the Ptolemys, which hailed from Macedonia. For those of you who failed World Civ. back in high school (ie, everyone wanting this role to be played by a black person), Macedonia was an ancient kingdom in the northeastern part of the Greek peninsula. Last time I checked, they were considered to be “white”. Then again, I’m considered to be “white” too, even though I am Egyptian…