Monday, September 22, 2014 Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Did Ridley Scott’s “Exodus” movie give the Sphinx a white/European makeover?

The backlash against Ridley Scott’s Exodus is gathering momentum. After Noah’s mixed reception earlier this year, more and more people are sick of seeing movies with “whitewashed” casts: White actors representing historical figures who almost certainly were not white.

The latest accusation of Exodus whitewashing relates to someone who technically isn’t even a character: the Sphinx.

The likeliest explanation is that the sculpture in this picture is not the Sphinx, but is in fact a statue of Ramses. This means that it would have been based on actor Joel Edgerton’s face. 

Unfortunately, this just makes the whitewashed casting even more blatant, because real statues of Ramses II simply do not look like that. So while Exodus may not have made a “white version” of the Sphinx, Egyptian culture is still being erased and rewritten to fit in with the film’s predominantly white cast of actors.


Friday, September 20, 2013

fursasaida said: I think it's really telling your point about poor people being more likely to donate to charity. When I was in Egypt, if someone came on the train begging, almost EVERYBODY would give something--even if it was only a little, the tried-and-true "look away and pretend it's not happening" move was barely a thing. Even if the person was pretty clearly faking a disability. On the street it was different, but the people who ride the train tend on average to be poorer. It's a class-cultural divide.

[BTW, this is in response to my post last night about my experiences when working for a high-end fashion label.]

I realise that nonspecifically citing “studies” is kind of wishy-washy, BUT… studies have shown that when people get rich, they basically turn into selfish assholes. The richer you get, the more ability you have to protect yourself from poverty and/or danger, which means that you’re distancing yourself the lives of poor people. So even if you started off poor, you forget what it’s like once you get to a certain point of richness. Your experience in Egypt is very easy for me to believe.

Weirdly, when I was working for a children’s charity there were a few occasions when middle-aged rich people would listen to me and/or sign up for donations not because they had any interest in helping the charity, but because I reminded them of their (well-off; adult) children and they wanted to “help” me. I mean, whatever gets shit done, I guess. But still. Bleurgh.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

In the end, the good guys in Stargate win because a slave girl taught herself to read, a nerd was so nerdy he risked his life to go translate some hieroglyphs on an alien planet, and a suicidal Air Force jock decided to disobey orders and not let off a bomb. Daniel Jackson, a stereotypical academic with allergies and the good ol’ Crackpot Movie Science Theory (TM), is actually the main character, with Jack taking a slightly secondary role. The people of the alien planet get to have their own revolution, with minimal bloodshed and without a bunch of US military dudes leading the charge. And the only reason why any of this happened is because the 80-year-old daughter of a 1920s Egyptologist became so obsessed with an old Egyptian artefact that she spent her whole life researching it until people finally got to travel to other planets. Which to me is a far more compelling origin story than any amount of daddy issues, dead wives, or misunderstood loner antiheroes. — STARGATE. Watch it. Love it. Learn educational info about real “Egyptian” “archaeology”.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Many believe that the reason why recent mainstream movies seem so similar is because the filmmakers are all just following a detailed, 15-step plot structure. Which, in itself, is not necessarily a bad thing. Some storylines work just because the pacing is perfect, the structure fits in with our idea of how a narrative should ~feel, and it’s satisfying to watch the Good Guys pound the Bad Guys to the pulp in an Inevitable Final Showdown. Stargate doesn’t follow this exact structure, but it’s still essentially a story about a nerd and a jock teaming up to save the world by nuking an alien spaceship. It just executes this plotline in a far more interesting and engaging way than most movies of the genre, partly because the pacing is brilliant and partly because the characters are three-dimensional and human. — STARGATE. Watch it. Love it. Learn educational info about real “Egyptian” “archaeology”.

Monday, July 8, 2013



Sunday, June 30, 2013 Thursday, June 14, 2012

1920s Egyptian Revival. 


1920s Egyptian Revival. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012 Saturday, February 25, 2012