I received an email from Medium early this morning, featuring an article from writer David Dennis, Jr. It clearly outlined why he felt nobody should see Ridley Scott’s new picture because it was racist.
His article argues that he maintains his religion, yet uses the Lord’s name in vain, because maybe he feels that it’ll help him seem louder and get his goddamn point across (sorry, I just couldn’t help it).
I remember getting into an argument with a few people on a message board a few months ago about how racist Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ was, because it featured no people of color. According to most sources, the film was shot in Los Angeles and Shanghai. Wouldn’t it be funny if Mr. Jonze went out of his way to find some of the approximately 0.7% of black people there just to appease a certain audience? That’d be, in some way, much more racist than not having black people in mind at all during shooting.
Sure, maybe Exodus should have featured more people of color in bigger roles, but it all boils down to star power. Ridley Scott has a relationship with Sigourney Weaver, so why not give her a role? He really wanted to work with Christian Bale (probably on any project), so he gave him something on the shiny new script he had in his hands. The wonderful thing about acting is that no matter who you are, you can play any role, sometimes not having the need to fit predetermined physicalities. I bet that at any given point, Ridley Scott hadn’t thought about the race of his leads and thought about the amount of skill and gravitas they have.
Ridley Scott is a filmmaker and he’s allowed to do any film he wants with any actor he chooses. Deliberately calling it racist and moaning about it just because you feel like it shoudln’t have been the way it is, is childish.
So, what else is there to say, really? I don’t feel like writing some in-depth article over something so minuscule, but if you want to see the movie, see it and enjoy it if it’s any good. If you’re sensitive about race and somehow manage to call everything that doesn’t include enough people of color in it racist, then don’t see it.
Watch the Exodus trailer below.