As most know, cultural appropriation has become a major problem in the entertainment industry in recent years. Artists, actors and entertainers are viciously criticized when they take on roles or projects without due respect for the culture that inspired or formed the basis for this role, whether historical or symbolic.
Scarlett Johansson had her own experiences with this when she was trashed on social media for being cast in a movie portraying a transgender person. Instead of saying sorry, Johansson doubled over again, at least until she changed her mind and apologized a few days later.
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Another actress who has to face the fury of social media is Gal Gadot – de Wonder Woman star – who recently went on the defensive against the brigade of anonymous commentators. Hot New Hip Hop has plucked some of these comments into a new report, in addition to its response.
Gal Gadot is cast as Cleopatra in an upcoming biopic about the life of the Egyptian ruler. When asked by BBC Arabic’s Sam Asi, Gadot explained that Cleopatra was actually from Macedonia, so it wasn’t cultural appropriation. Additionally, Gadot suggested that she celebrate her legacy and that of others, regardless of race.
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Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time Gadot has come under fire in the mainstream media. Earlier this year, amid the start of the quarantine shutdown, Gadot tackled a John Lennon cover along with some of her famous friends.
However, things did not go as she intended. Gadot and her friends were humiliated by social media for being ‘out of touch’. They covered Lennon’s classic song, “Imagine,” and users accused them of trying to cause the pandemic on them, as well as not understanding how important they are to the public.
Later, Gadot touched on the video and said it doesn’t “transcend.” Social media users have continued to criticize Gadot since the news was announced, and it is unclear if the actress will step down.