'Gods of Egypt' Whitewashing Controversy: Ava DuVernay Responds to Studio and Director's Apology

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The film has received serious backlash for whitewashing the Egyptian-set flick.

Following the backlash sparked by the Gods of Egypt trailer and posters, Lionsgate and director Alex Proyas apologized for the film’s lack of diversity. Selma director Ava DuVernay described their statements as an “unusual occurrence worth noting” and further responded to the issue on social media. 

“This kind of apology never happens — for something that happens all the time,” she tweeted. “An unusual occurrence worth noting.” She continued in a separate tweet, “Gods of Egypt makes me value [J.J.] Abrams’ Star Wars choices more. Makes me cheer more for [Ryan] Coogler’s Creed. We all deserve icons in our own image.” 

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In a statement released Friday, Proyas said, in part, “The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse.”

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