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Gal Gadot defends Cleopatra casting after ‘whitewashing’ claims

Gal Gadot defends Cleopatra casting after ‘whitewashing’ claims
It’s a wonder Gal Gadot has finally responded to backlash about playing Cleopatra.

It’s a wonder Gal Gadot has finally responded to backlash about playing Cleopatra.” Gal Gadot attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City.Cleopatra was said to be “ethnically Greek” and not “ethnically Egyptian,” according to Smithsonian Magazine and History, formerly known as The History Channel, in 2007.A 2008 reconstruction of the leader’s face, done by Egyptologist Sally Ann Ashton of the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, showed Cleopatra with mixed ancestry, BBC News reports.

A 2009 BBC documentary, “Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer,” suggested the queen’s sister, Arsinoe, might also have had mixed ancestry.When news broke in October that the “Wonder Woman 1984″ star would play the Egyptian queen, in a new film from “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, she was accused of “whitewashing.

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