The other day I found out that some people are outraged by the casting in a Hollywood
film -- in this case Ridley Scott
's latest effort, Exodus: Days of Future Past
(or whatever its full title is). They're apparently so upset that they're boycotting it, which is something I do with all but one or two Hollywood films every year although I refer to it simply as not paying to see it.
The problem that the boycotters have, it seems, is that Exodus is almost completely historically inaccurate (It's safe to guess that most of the Egyptian
characters are most portrayed by Anglo-Saxons
and presumably speak Modern (if pretentious) English
with a modern British accent
, or approximation of one. Without having watched a trailer I'd guess that there aren't a lot of apparently Middle Eastern Africans
portraying Middle Eastern Africans and the actual actors of African descent are used entirely for background color and supporting roles).
Apparently these scandalized and offended won't-be viewers have never seen a Hollywood film before... or assumed that they'd somehow completely change their raison d'etre. Even at Hollywood's artistic peak in the 1930s
, racial sensitivity and historical accuracy were not exactly hallmarks of Hollywood films -- making loads of money was, and that's what they did and they did it well. At one point Hollywood made loads of money with elaborately choreographed, brilliantly scored, escapist musicals
. Nowadays Hollywood makes loads of money with loud CGI superhero cartoons
. Sometimes -- rarely -- art slips through the cracks. Much more often big, dumb-looking movies like Exodus
get released that look rather like the big, dumb movies that Hollywood was mostly pumped out for the last 90 years.