Rupert Murdoch, an 83-year-old white man, took to Twitter to defend his film studio's upcoming epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings. People have been critical of the casting, which features white actors in the roles of Egyptians, while people of color are relegated to secondary roles. Christian Bale plays Moses, and Joel Edgerton, who most famously played the super WASP-y Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, plays Ramses. Sigourney Weaver also plays an Egyptian queen.
"Moses film attacked on Twitter for all white cast. Since when are Egyptians not white? All I know are." Muroch tweeted yesterday, and then kept up the word vomit.
Edgerton has previously spoken out about the criticism, saying he wasn't going to turn down the role because of race. "It's not my job to make those decisions. I got asked to do a job and it would have been very hard to say no to that job. But I do say that I am sensitive to it and I do, I do understand and empathize with that position," he said. Edgerton is Australian.
Exodus hits theaters December 12.
[via NY Daily News]