The studio behind the epic Gods of Egypt has issued an official apology in response to criticism about the casting of the film. Despite taking place in Egypt, most of the cast of the historical fantasy movie is white. Last year, the Old Testament epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, faced similar criticism. In two separate statements to Forbes, both the studio and the movie’s director acknowledged that the casting was a mistake. The movie’s director, Alex Proyas said in a statement to Forbes:
The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.
Lionsgate followed up with a statement of their own, adding,
We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better.
The UN's climate conference is underway in Paris, with leaders from around the world discussing ways to reduce man-made greenhouse gases and fight global warming. President Obama urged fellow leaders at the opening session of the conference yesterday to take climate change seriously, while also addressing the United States’ role in climate change.
I come here personally as the leader of the world’s biggest economy and second-biggest emitter to say that America not only acknowledges its role in climate change but embraces doing something about it.
He cited his summer trip to Alaska, “where the sea is already swallowing villages and eroding shorelines" and "where glaciers are melting at a pace unprecedented in modern times.” The president also thanked the city of Paris for hosting the conference following the terrorist attacks by ISIS that killed at least 130 people in the city earlier this month, calling it “an act of defiance that proves nothing will deter us from building the future we want for our children. The conference is hosting leaders from 196 nations and is scheduled to end on December 11. Discuss