Why Some People Are Objecting to Gal Gadot Playing Cleopatra

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"Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot has just been cast as Cleopatra, but some feel the Israeli-born actress shouldn’t be playing the Egyptian Queen. “Cleopatra was a black woman and she isn’t black,” reads one tweet. Another person tweeted, "I’m going to say this once - Cleopatra was Greek!” Elizabeth Taylor famously played the Queen of the Nile, which also raised eyebrows back in the 1960’s. More than 50 years later, casting Cleopatra still causes controversy.

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  • Cleopatra was a chicken nugget.

    Canon KingsleyCanon Kingsley12 ժամ առաջ
  • So if someone born in africa must be black and someone born in europe must be white ??

    Dark_Rexas00Dark_Rexas0022 ժամ առաջ
  • Cleopatra is not a Black woman she is a Greek woman she probably was born in Egypt and has some background but she is GREEK Let’s get the facts straight

    Akram SheikhAkram SheikhՕր առաջ
  • Guys everyone is black even trump 😂😂😂 but you like to fake history invaders

    hamza khalilovichamza khalilovicՕր առաջ
  • But every time y’all make this movie it’s always a white woman acting it. Don’t forget Cleopatra mother was black (African)

    Island GemIsland GemՕր առաջ
  • Yes yes!!! Take that for this Ariel that was cast in the live little mermaid 🤣

    Misfit 636Misfit 636Օր առաջ
  • "Cleopatra was a black woman" That's why you don't learn your history from music videos kids!

    Alias AnybodyAlias Anybody2 օր առաջ
  • When I go to church Jesus white to 🤦🏾‍♂️

    Jalen PattersonJalen Patterson2 օր առաջ
  • GREEK MY ASS

    binyu ronaldbinyu ronald2 օր առաջ
  • dear gal, would u be okay if a black or asian or latina actress to play a white jewish woman in a movie?

    Hans SolosHans Solos2 օր առաջ
    • How would that even be the same? Cleopatra may not have been as pale as her, but she was still Greek with olive complexion. There’s articles and videos about Cleopatra and her lineage...smh

      Red FormanRed FormanՕր առաջ
  • The Greeks were black and the Grecians was white

    JennyJenny2 օր առաջ
  • African-Americans want to blackwash everything Africa and claim everything African. If Cleopatra's father is Greek that makes her Greek. Although no one knows who her mother was, even if her mother was a native Egyptian she still would not be black. It take two black parents to have a black child. Furthermore, there was no such thing as a black race in those times.

    ToeNailBreakerToeNailBreaker2 օր առաջ
  • Issue isn’t that she’s white. It’s that she’s Israeli, representing an Egyptian (Arab) state. She served in the IDF and was complicit in crimes against our people. She can rot.

    ES RES R2 օր առաջ
  • "Others point out that historically Cleopatra wasn't born in Egypt" NOBODY'S SAYING IT. She was definitely born in Egypt, she had Greek heritage. A little bit of research would do well here.

    tFighterPilottFighterPilot2 օր առաջ
  • Everyone in the comments debating whether Cleopatra was black or Greek. You’re both wrong. She was obviously Chinese.

    Wavy F. BabyWavy F. Baby2 օր առաջ
  • Many people do not know history and pretend to talk about history....

    Lawrence ReitanLawrence Reitan3 օր առաջ
  • yes, we understand. cleopatra wasn't black. it was stated in the video, no need to be repeating that dozens of time in the comments lmao

    a 14a 143 օր առաջ
  • The funniest part is that Egyptians weren’t muslims or Arabs or blacks, and Cleopatra wasn’t Egyptian or muslim or Arab or black. They were an olive-skinned semitic people speaking a semitic language, but not Arabs. We haven’t heard from the “Egyptians were space aliens” crowd, yet, but I’m sure that’s coming.

    KwurdEKwurdE3 օր առաջ
    • @Samuel Bishop I know, I was talking about the ancient ones.

      Frank CastleFrank Castle8 ժամ առաջ
    • @Samuel Bishop precisely

      Penisius GiganticusPenisius Giganticus9 ժամ առաջ
    • @Frank Castle Cleopatra was not. She was of Greek lineage not Egyptian. The only queen of Egypt to not actually be Egyptian by blood.

      Samuel BishopSamuel Bishop10 ժամ առաջ
    • @Penisius Giganticus Ah I see. Antisemitism.

      Samuel BishopSamuel Bishop10 ժամ առաջ
    • The ancient Egyptians were black

      Frank CastleFrank CastleՕր առաջ
  • Me looking at all the comments that say "Cleopatra is Greek! Not black!" : 👁️👄👁️

    cc101iscool1cc101iscool13 օր առաջ
  • I am 75 years old and learned in 1963 that Cleopatra was of Greek lineage in (367 BC - January 282 BC) was a companion and historian of Alexander the Great of the Kingdom of Macedon in northern Greece who became ruler of Egypt, part of Alexander's former empire. Ptolemy was pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt from 305/304 BC to his death. The Ptolemaic Kingdom was an ancient Hellenistic state based in Egypt. It was founded in 305 BC by Ptolemy I Soter, a companion of Alexander the Great, and lasted until the death of Cleopatra in 30 BC.[4] Ruling for nearly three centuries, the Ptolemies were the longest and final dynasty in ancient Egyptian history.

    EmmettEmmett4 օր առաջ
  • Cleopatro was Greek not Black or ISRAELI

    Ouhhh BeachOuhhh Beach4 օր առաջ
  • I believe Zoe Saldana should have been cast not Gal

    1 11 14 օր առաջ
  • Perfect cast fo Kleopatra!😍👍

    Issaak_kzIssaak_kz4 օր առաջ
  • hollywood should stop feeding black racism. what good will it do to blacks? zero sense...

    justme 54justme 544 օր առաջ
  • I thought that greek wasn't real but only Egyptians and Romans

    Joseph ReidJoseph Reid4 օր առաջ
  • Can it get anymore disingenuous? It's called "Acting" . If your having a problem contemplating the meaning , just take a look at yourself or one of your superficial compatriots and you've got it.

    Geo BlaGeo Bla4 օր առաջ
  • She wasn't black but damn can black people get s Egyptian movie tired of all this whitewashing honestly

    King James Super producerKing James Super producer4 օր առաջ
    • Chad Boseman played the only black guy (Thoth) in one Egyptian movie. That’s about all I remember. I think the rest of the dynasty (except the Ptolemaic) were black or at least brown so it wouldn’t make much sense to cast white people in other Egyptian movies. Hollywood just needs to learn more about diversity.

      Red FormanRed Forman3 օր առաջ
  • I just think they could’ve gotten a better actor whose still of Middle Eastern, Mesopotamian, or Greek descent. They almost got it right but she doesn’t seem a powerful enough actor to carry that role.

    96Jazangel96Jazangel4 օր առաջ
  • Cleopatra was Greek, but she was literally born in Egypt, not elsewhere. She was specifically born in Alexandria, a Hellenistic Greek city-state polis founded by Alexander the Great. It was basically a micro-state like the Vatican in Italy, technically existing on Egyptian soil in the Nile Delta, but operated as a European colony with lots of ethnic minorities in a very cosmopolitan mixing ground that included Africans like Nubians, Europeans like Thracians, and West Asians like Jews.

    Eric ConnorEric Connor4 օր առաջ
  • Cleopatra was Greek.

    Gee SchwagGee Schwag4 օր առաջ
  • It seems people have issue with gal playing geek people Honestly I though gals wonderwoman needed blue contacts and more muscle mass But yeah

    LXW artsLXW arts4 օր առաջ
  • "Scholars agree that there’s no doubt that Cleo was Macedonian-Greek on her father Ptolemy XII’s side, potentially Persian or Syrian too, but because the ethnic origin of her mother remains unverified it has strengthened the idea that the Egyptian ruler was of mixed heritage. “The mother of Cleopatra has been suggested to have been from the family of the priests of Memphis,” Betsy M Bryan, Alexander Badawy professor of Egyptian art and archaeology at Johns Hopkins University, told Newsweek. “If this were the case, then Cleopatra could have been at least 50% Egyptian in origin.”

    Nicole DawsonNicole Dawson5 օր առաջ
  • Is not about her being black is about how she film in Egypt Egyptian will never allow her to be on their land

    M ImM Im5 օր առաջ
  • Once again, people don’t realise that ‘acting’ is portraying a character, not playing yourself. Use your head society, anyone can play anyone, that’s the whole point of the industry.

    Ellie RubinshteinEllie Rubinshtein5 օր առաջ
    • The exact words I was trying to build inside my head!!!!!

      Li SongLi Song3 օր առաջ
  • Cleopatra was super Greek. The Ptolemids revived the practice of "sacred marriage" (i.e. incest) so pretty darn inbred as well.

    JimIBobIJonesJimIBobIJones5 օր առաջ
  • Gal is perfect for Cleopatra. Beside people describe Cleo as “a woman of surpassing beauty,” which Gal has full stop. BTW Cleo wasn’t black

    Emma's UniverseEmma's Universe5 օր առաջ
  • Cleopatra was Greek and egyptians weren't black.

    Dan JamDan Jam5 օր առաջ
  • GREEK. PERIOD.

    Kalimera SunshineKalimera Sunshine5 օր առաջ
  • Let other people shine

    Sarah VelasquezSarah Velasquez5 օր առաջ
  • she is awesome looking forward to this movie.

    The Movie GodThe Movie God5 օր առաջ
  • Cleopatra was not black, lmao.

    A AA A5 օր առաջ
  • ItS iN aFrIcA sO sHe MuSt Be BlAcK.

    LeoLeo5 օր առաջ
  • Cleopatra was HALF Greek. Her mother was BLACK. The Greek Ptolemy's married Egyptian royal women to legitimize their heirs. Cleopatra's sister's skeletal remains were found. Her name is Arisinoe, Google her, they found she was black on her maternal side. They had the same parents. Cleopatra was HALF BLACK, not some basic bland KAREN. Just boycott it,, shut it down on Twitter

    la mulata linda Martinezla mulata linda Martinez5 օր առաջ
  • Maybe People mistake Queen Cleopatra with the Queen of Sheba.

    gabriel rojasgabriel rojas5 օր առաջ
  • Rowan Sweeney

    BOB YupThatsAllYouGetBOB YupThatsAllYouGet5 օր առաջ
  • The left will all ways get mad 😂

    bruhbruh5 օր առաջ
  • Cleopatra was Macedonian Greek...the problem today is no one opens a GD book anymore. All the knowledge at our finger tips and people just ignore facts. Not interpretation of facts but actual, literal facts.

    Meghan O'DonoghueMeghan O'Donoghue5 օր առաջ
  • A woman whose people were slaves in ancient Egypt now plays the queen of ancient Egypt? That's pretty woke🖖

    Oliver IbastaOliver Ibasta5 օր առաջ
    • You have the best comment! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

      ZANEY AlexanderZANEY Alexander4 օր առաջ
  • She’s a perfect fit for the role

    Adrianna CarrAdrianna Carr5 օր առաջ
  • Either way Israeli is better than white. Taylor's production would have whitewashed everything

    Dreams & Teddy BearsDreams & Teddy Bears5 օր առաջ
  • ha ha ha left wing woke authoritarian bullies at it again! The funniest thing is that they hate themselves most!

    Misty MeadowsMisty Meadows5 օր առաջ
  • Yes, she shouldn’t play cleopatra. She isn’t acceptable at all. Not because she isn’t black. We know cleopatra isn’t black. It’s an insult if she is the one playing.

    Unicorn GlowUnicorn Glow5 օր առաջ
    • How tho I think she looks like her

      bob bobbob bob5 օր առաջ
  • Greek lives matter

    Jaime LopezJaime Lopez5 օր առաջ
  • That's why it's called "acting"

    Rob RobRob Rob6 օր առաջ
  • Just because they’re from Africa or live there doesn’t mean they’re black, I know many white people from South Africa

    Subscribe Because I Pay My TaxesSubscribe Because I Pay My Taxes6 օր առաջ
  • Why isn’t anyone making a movie about Hatshepsut or Nefertiti. They’re the real Egyptian queens. If there’s no Egyptians in this movie I’m going to be so annoyed. I love Gal Gadot but it’s about time Egyptians get to see themselves accurately portrayed in film.

    GraceFashion4EverGraceFashion4Ever6 օր առաջ
  • Only her father orgin was greek but anything else was related to Egypt

    Unique EgyptianUnique Egyptian6 օր առաջ
    • Maybe but the ptolimetic line were all about bloodline purity meaning there is good chance that her mother was her fathers sister

      Wolves600GamingWolves600Gaming5 օր առաջ
  • Probably the same people who think Beethoven was black

    Albert RomasAlbert Romas6 օր առաջ
  • My only issue is that Gal is too pretty lol cleopatra was described as not beautiful. The Berlin Cleopatra is actually a portrayal made in her lifetime that shows she was not exactly conventionally pretty..

    anastasiaanastasia6 օր առաջ
  • So why is she wearing African braid? Why is her hair styled like an African?

    Sui FengSui Feng6 օր առաջ
  • Fair trade: The Little Mermaid (a nordic european tale) is played by a black actress...so what's the problem if a white Mediterranean woman will play Cleopatra?

    giovanni armandolagiovanni armandola6 օր առաջ
  • Ariel was white but a black girl is playing her and tinkerbell so shut up

    Amber HarrisAmber Harris6 օր առաջ
  • Ancient Egyptians were NOT black. It's ridiculous to just reference Egypt being part of the African continent, but in fact it is much more reasonable for Egypt to be associated with the mediterrian which is an important trade link with Europe.

    SsaSsa6 օր առաջ
  • The education system has failed. Learn history and do research. Only then make assumptions, please.

    I make art AsmrI make art Asmr6 օր առաջ
  • What the hell does that mean she’s gonna tell it from a womens point of view.

    A SantiA Santi6 օր առաջ
  • From women's view what does that mean

    emeldez16emeldez166 օր առաջ
  • I literally have seen so many depictions of cleopatra. And they’re all white. What suddenly makes this so bad? They been doing this with a white person.

    BriannajadexoBriannajadexo6 օր առաջ
  • She a woman of Greek descent born in Egypt. Is it that hard for people to understand?

    Dcmining TVDcmining TV6 օր առաջ
  • I don't get it.. She could be a Greek as middle eastern and Mediterranean people look alike a lot.. 🤷‍♀️

    Z KZ K6 օր առաջ
  • Ahaha what about when they cast black actors our actress to play characters that where white

    TheGreatLegend007TheGreatLegend0076 օր առաջ
  • This is so stupid

    Sam HoltSam Holt6 օր առաջ
  • I cannot imagine another woman as Cleopatra except Elizabeth Taylor....

    Rashmi LalRashmi Lal6 օր առաջ
  • Cleopatra was Macedonian Greek, she wasn't black.

    Alexandria MiaAlexandria Mia6 օր առաջ
  • Who cares? She's just an actress playing in a damn movie. It's all make believe anyways. She's just telling a story. No movie is historically accurate in EVERY SINGLE WAY.

    Kristie BihmKristie Bihm6 օր առաջ
  • But egyptians were not black, and cleopatra had greek ancestry... so whats the problem..

    Anya MartinovaAnya Martinova6 օր առաջ
    • @Don’t hate Congratulate europian race has people of differen colour, we can be lighter or darker (not just white), but still we belong to one race. She can sunbathe and in a month she will be like people from these pictures.

      Anya MartinovaAnya Martinova2 օր առաջ
    • Have you seen the ancient hieroglyphics the Egyptians went out of their way to color the skin light browns to the darkest browns (not white or peach)

      Don’t hate CongratulateDon’t hate Congratulate3 օր առաջ
  • Cleopatra was not Egyptian. While Cleopatra was born in Egypt, she traced her family origins to Macedonian Greece and Ptolemy I Soter, one of Alexander the Great's generals.

    Alan Victorino-BernalAlan Victorino-Bernal6 օր առաջ
  • Look up contemporary statues of Cleopatra - she was a Greek woman with a huge nose!

    Billy BatsonBilly Batson6 օր առաջ
  • Gal gadot can be whoever she wants!!!

    Loren CostelloLoren Costello6 օր առաջ
  • Exactly find a black person not a Jew

    Maria MariaMaria Maria6 օր առաջ
    • What does her bring jewish have to do with it? She’s an actor.

      Aliza GardinAliza Gardin5 օր առաջ
    • Why? Cleopatra was not black but had greek ancestry. Gadot look greek so she is great for the part.

      SurvivorIslandSurvivorIsland6 օր առաջ
  • I love whitewashing

    Aizaz RasoolAizaz Rasool6 օր առաջ
  • People need to calm tf down.

    Samantha mother of catsSamantha mother of cats6 օր առաջ
  • Whatever color Cleo Petra was she was definitely not white

    Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson6 օր առաջ
  • Cleopatra wasn't even black why do black folks want to claim folks who aren't even black like grow up. And fix your community in America and rise up and step up instead of acting like whiny victims

    Aaron OgbuehiAaron Ogbuehi6 օր առաջ
  • Only a Mediterranean actress like Gal Gadot can play a Mediterranean queen like Cleopatra. Case closed.✅

    I. metaI. meta6 օր առաջ
  • She was the product of incest. Like many royal houses, members of the Ptolemaic dynasty often married within the family to preserve the purity of their bloodline. More than a dozen of Cleopatra’s ancestors tied the knot with cousins or siblings, and it’s likely that her own parents were brother and sister. In keeping with this custom, Cleopatra eventually married both of her adolescent brothers, each of whom served as her ceremonial spouse and co-regent at different times during her reign.

    Juicy TopicsJuicy Topics6 օր առաջ
  • Cleopatra was not 'black.' She was Greek. The ancient Egyptians were not 'black.' They were to those laboring under the 'We wuz kangs' delusion.

    Hostile Tentacle MonsterHostile Tentacle Monster6 օր առաջ
  • cleopatra was from ptolemaic dynasty from macedonia {the original greek macedonia .....} and was white woman!!! everybody knows that.... which is the problem??

    ΜΙΧΑΛΗΣ ΜΑΚΡΗΣΜΙΧΑΛΗΣ ΜΑΚΡΗΣ6 օր առաջ
  • Ironically, she probably looks way closer to the real Cleopatra

    PuiPuniPuiPuni6 օր առաջ
  • I'm an Egyptian, and Cleopatra was Greek

    Falafel boiFalafel boi6 օր առաջ
    • West Africans really trying to claim our history

      KyeungjaKyeungja5 օր առաջ
  • She deserve to role that kind of legend story of Cleopatra even she's not black but as l know queen Cleopatra is not a black she's greek.

    Louie SazLouie Saz6 օր առաջ
  • She’s a Jew get over it

    Alain SmithAlain Smith6 օր առաջ
  • Omg now Cleopatra is black🤷🤷🤷🤷🤷

    Rosalba RRosalba R6 օր առաջ
  • I love Afrocentric conspiracy theorists. Please never stop doing your thing.

    Kang LongshankzKang Longshankz6 օր առաջ
  • So when will we have a non Israeli actor/actress play as an Israeli?

    ZamZam6 օր առաջ
  • I don't think anybody knows her mothers ethnicity but that doesn't mean the default is black. There's a chance she was but... I can't believe I'm getting involved with this sort of discussion, I feel the need to go and shower to remove the stink of it :(

    Legendary HamsterLegendary Hamster6 օր առաջ
    • Her family were very much into bloodline purity so most likely her mother was also her aunt

      Wolves600GamingWolves600Gaming5 օր առաջ
  • Kleopatra, you woke smart people was first imperator of Egypt who spoke epyptian tongue after 300 years,he was from greek macedonian dynasty of Ptolemaios, general of Alexander the Great who conquered Egypt 300 years before. In this dynasty they married ohly amongs family members. So stop stealing our white heritage you rasists:-))))

    Sic Sempra TyranysSic Sempra Tyranys6 օր առաջ
  • Because they’re ignorant and don’t realize that cleopatra was Greek.

    JoshJosh6 օր առաջ
  • THOSE IDIOT'S NEED A HISTORY LESSON ,CLEOCATRA WAS NEVER AFRICAN, SHE IS GREEK, MORONS !🇬🇷🇬🇷🇬🇷🇬🇷

    Teresa HadlowTeresa Hadlow6 օր առաջ
  • So race card attempting to change the origins of history huh -_- noice

    timidsoretimidsore6 օր առաջ
  • Shes isreali and fought in the isreali army while killing innocent Palestinian kids and stealing their land!

    ameed abusallhaameed abusallha6 օր առաջ
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