Two years ago, Chadwick Boseman was in a movie called Gods of Egypt. It was not a very good movie. But in addition to its not-goodness, it also became infamous for whitewashing – casting, as ancient African deities, a white guy from Scotland, a white guy from Denmark and at least seven white people from Australia. Boseman, the sole black lead, played Thoth, the Egyptian god of wisdom and inventor of mathematics. Before the movie came out, an interviewer asked him about the criticism, and Boseman said that not only did he agree with it, it was why he took the part – so audiences would see at least one god of African descent. "But, yeah," he added dryly. "People don't make $140 million movies starring black and brown people." Related Black Superheroes Matter: Why a ‘Black Panther’ Movie Is Revolutionary How ‘Black Panther’ MVP Danai Gurira Went From Zombie-Slayer to Marvel Superstar Related The Private Lives of Liza Minnelli (The Rainbow Ends Here) 10 Great Songs You Didn’t Know OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder Wrote What a difference two years makes. Because now we have Black Panther – not just a $140 million movie starring black and brown people, but a… Read full this story
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