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Another White Cleopatra?

18 Jun

Angelina Jolie has been cast as Cleopatra in the upcoming movie. Now, don’t get me wrong, Angelina is gorgeous – and on my very short list of actors/actresses who might be interesting to sit down and have a conversation with…

But Dayam! How about a little “color”!

Yeah…Yeah… I know Cleopatra’s dad was Macedonian Greek, and she definitely wasn’t African looking…

But I think she probably would look a bit more like a Beyonce or Halle Berry than Angelina.

Probably the Best Known Cleopatra, Elizabeth Taylor Who Acted Opposite Richard Burton

White Actress Cast as African Queen—Again

Why is Angelina Jolie, a white woman,playing Cleopatra, an African queen? “Just when we thought there weren’t enough leading roles for black women in Hollywood , they create one and give it to a white woman,” writes Shirea L. Carroll for Essence. “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.”

Cecile B. Demilles's Cleopatra, Claudette Colbert

Carroll points out that three white actresses have already played Cleopatra and notes that this is far from the first time Hollywood has cast white women in similarly inappropriate roles. “While historically there is no concrete confirmation that Cleopatra was of a darker complexion, there is more evidence than not that she was black, and not entirely of Macedonian Greek ancestry, as Shakespeare, leagues of painters, and now Hollywood would have us believe. Jolie—not so perfect.”

The Real Cleopatra done by computer modelling and reconstruction with all of the available evidence.

 
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6 responses to “Another White Cleopatra?

  1. brotherbrown

    June 19, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    It’s the lips, I believe, that earn her the label, ‘exotic looking.’

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    • btx3

      June 19, 2010 at 10:08 AM

      If the computer reconstruction is accurate, Cleopatra certainly was beautiful…

      She just wasn’t European white skinned.

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  2. t-shirts101

    June 19, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Angelina Jolie’s mother was supposed to be part Iroquois; it seems to show more in her brother from the pics I’ve seen.

    I’m sure they will compensate in the make-up job she will undoubtedly receive.

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    • btx3

      June 19, 2010 at 12:07 PM

      I’m not knocking Angelina – although she does have those “skinny legs”! Just wish they would pick somebody with a little natural…

      Color.

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  3. Mimi

    July 9, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Cleopatra was not Afican. She was macedonian greek. She would have had an olive tone complexion which can easily be achieved with a little bronzer. History says that, while not a true beauty, she had green eyes and dark hair. All the coins that she is portrayed on show her as being ugly, so instead of a beautiful woman, why not make her a little uglier and be more accurate to history. Fact is is that Angelina will sell movie tickets and that is what matters to them.

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    • btx3

      July 9, 2010 at 5:58 PM

      No, Cleopatra wasn’t black African – but she did have a black African Grandmother and a mixed mother. Think in terms of Beyonce or Halle Berry.

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