The release of Wonder Woman 1984, which was originally slated for June 2020, has finally been postponed until the end of 2021. In the meantime, Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins will team up again on a project having nothing to do with it. the adventures of the famous DC Amazon. The actress will notably play Cleopatra in a biopic for the Paramount studio.
Gal Gadot will play the queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, in the cinema and this choice has aroused the anger of certain Internet users. The latter accuse the production of “whitewashing”, a term of pop culture which designates works involving white actors, while this choice does not agree with the narration. For them, the actress who plays the Queen of Egypt should be of African origin. However, we know that Gal Gadot is Israeli.
Since the announcement of her new role, the young woman has become the target of insults on social networks. ” I don’t hate Gal Gadot because she is a woman, I hate her because she is Zionist », Wrote a user in a compilation of tweets posted by the Union of Jewish Students of France. On the other hand, the organization did not hesitate to give its support to the actress. ” Support for @GalGadot victim of a torrent of hate messages simply because, Jewish and Israeli, she dares to interpret #Cleopatre in the cinema. This is where cultural appropriation leads: when only religion and origin matter, anti-Semitism is unleashed. “
As a reminder, in a documentary from the BBC dating from 2009, analyzes of human remains found in a tomb in Turkey prove that they belonged to a sister of Cleopatra. However, a study of her skull shows that she had African characteristics, which suggests that the Queen of Egypt also had African origins.