World News – USA – Actress Gal Gadot reacts to criticism of the role of Cleopatra


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DUBAI: Wonder Woman 1984 actress Gal Gadot has responded to criticism of her plans to play the role of the legendary Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, in a new historical drama based on her life.

After Gadot announced plans for Cleopatra, critics and social media users accused filmmaker Patty Jenkins of « whitewashing » an Israeli actress for the role of Cleopatra of Greek and Macedonian descent instead of Arab or African talent.

In an interview with BBC Arabia, the star responded by saying, “If you’re going to be true to the facts, Cleopatra was a Macedonian.

“We were looking for a Macedonian actress who could suit Cleopatra. She wasn’t there and I was very passionate about Cleopatra, « she explained. “People are people, and with me I want to celebrate the legacy of Cleopatra and honor this amazing historical icon that I admire so much. ”

Gadot wasn’t against other productions. She said, « You know, anyone can do this movie . . . I am very passionate that I will make my own too. ”

The news about the casting proved controversial on social media with some users expressing their dissatisfaction.

« The Gal Gadot cast is just another blow in the long whitewashing history and legacy of colonial Egyptology, which aims to sever all links between Egyptians (broadly defined) and the history of their country, » wrote a Twitter user.

The occupation of Gal Gadot is just another blow in the long white linen history and legacy of colonial Egyptology, which seeks to sever all links between Egyptians (widely defined) and the history of their country.

« I’ll say this once and I won’t say it again, Cleopatra was Greek, » wrote one user on Twitter. “Yes, she was an Egyptian ruler, but she was Greek with Persian and Syrian descent. The people who react negatively to this are uneducated and uninformed. Gal Gadot deserves this role. ”

I’ll say this once and I won’t say it again, Cleopatra was Greek.

Yes, she was Egyptian ruler, but she was Greek of Persian and Syrian descent. The people who react negatively to this are uneducated and uninformed.

The Queen of Egypt was famously portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor in director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1963 epic “Cleopatra. ”

DUBAI: For the Lebanese non-governmental organization Beit El Baraka and for Lebanon itself, 2020 was a seemingly endless series of difficulties: the banking crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic and, of course, the explosion on Sept.. August in the port of Beirut destroyed many areas of the city.

« The more time goes by, the more we realize that we are needed more than ever, and that makes me very sad, » Maya Chams Ibrahimchah, founder of Beit El Baraka, told Arab News. “The state is completely absent. NGOs do everything. My goal for Lebanon is that institutions like Beit El Baraka are no longer needed. That would be my dream. ”

Since it was founded in 2019, the nonprofit has run a points-based free supermarket in Beirut, stacking shelves with a variety of products for the country’s older communities as well as impoverished families with children. Beit El Baraka has also offered to pay its beneficiaries’ electricity, rental and water bills, and to provide laptops and WiFi routers to hundreds of students during the lockdown.

After the fatal explosion in the port of Beirut, Ibrahimchah and her team, who in the past few months. 000. Raised US $ 000, they stepped up their efforts by helping three schools, approximately 1. Restore 000 homes and more than 200 businesses damaged in the explosion.

The team literally ends the year on a sweet and savory note. « Kanz by Beit El Baraka » is the NGO’s newest company – a culinary line of handcrafted homemade delicacies made by the emerging contemporary Lebanese chefs. It is also an attempt for the organization to become self-supporting in the face of “donor fatigue” – as Ibrahimchah puts it – rather than just being dependent on private donations.

In Arabic, « kanz » means « treasure », an essential detail of Ibrahimchah’s vision. « The countries of Lebanon are a treasure, » she explains. « We are one of the few countries in the Middle East and North Africa that has four perfect seasons. This gives you the opportunity to plant and use your land. ”

Encouraging local food production has always been part of Beit El Baraka’s ethos of producing fresh fruit and vegetables on its farms that are available at the supermarket. The shocking reality is that Lebanon, known for its vast farmland, imports 80 percent of its food.

« It’s because of corruption, » notes Ibrahimchah. “In 1993 the rulers had to do something with neighboring countries. In return for their places, they swapped borders – opened them up to agricultural produce – and automatically we were inundated with potatoes, rice and flour. ”

So far, Kanz has been successful. The first batch of 1. 000 high-end carrier bags is almost sold out. Each bag is adorned with a delicate drawing of two traditional Lebanese arched windows and filled with 13 goodies, including sage water, blonde honey from the village of Tannourine, wild Lebanese olive oil with herbs and coarse salt with lavender.

The “Selection des Chefs” shopping bag, on the other hand, contains sweet creations such as lavender biscuits and fruity onion jam, which were prepared by Lebanese professionals Rouba Khalil, Pierre Abi Hayla, Youssef Akiki and Hussein Hadid.

“It is very important to remember that we have local chefs who have done what very few can do given the difficult circumstances in Lebanon – they did it. Today these four are the top chefs on the Lebanese scene, ”says Ibrahimchah.

One of Lebanon’s youngest chocolate connoisseurs, Abi Hayla, prepared tons of high-quality chocolate-coated meringues in his artisanal boutique, Le Noir Chocolat. « I was more than happy to be a part of it, » he says. “I made three types of meringues with pistachios, hazelnuts, and almonds. I decided to buy the nuts from small and local suppliers. In this way we are indirectly helping them to move on in light of the current situation in Lebanon. ”

Meanwhile, Khalil, who made the life-changing decision to shift her career from engineering to catering by opening her eponymous patisserie last year, is offering servings of whimsical caramel popcorn. « It’s a purely logistical and taste problem. Popcorn was an easy way to get 700 items ready before Christmas, ”she says. « I chose popcorn because it represents me: it’s super sweet, salty and crispy. I even call it « crack » popcorn because it’s a bit addicting. ”

The bags also include a delicate vase and candle made by one of the last glass blowers in the country. Ibrahimchah describes this as “the most painful part of our entire work. “The vases are made from broken glass that was collected after the harbor explosion and create something beautiful out of all the destruction.

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