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DAILY MAIL ONLINE 10 MAY 2023 - ADELE JAMES BREAKS HER SILENCE ON QUEEN CLEOPATRA 'BLACKWASHING' CLAIMS AFTER BEING CAST AS AS THE MACEDONIAN-GREEK RULER IN NETFLIX SERIES

Adele James has broken her silence on claims that Jada Pinkett Smith's docuseries Queen Cleopatra has been blackwashed

The British actress, 37, takes on the role of the Macedonian-Greek ruler in the latest installment of the Netflix African Queens show, which has faced a wave of controversy since the trailer was released. 

Director Tina Gharavi recently defended the show after Egyptians reacted with horror to the denial of records which show Cleopatra was Macedonian-Greek.

An Egyptian lawyer has filed a case with the country's public prosecutor demanding that Netflix be shutdown.

Meanwhile, Cairo's former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass condemned the documentary as 'completely fake. Cleopatra was Greek, meaning that she was light-skinned, not black.'

Now, Adele has spoken out about playing the ruler in a new interview, revealing that she has even been sent death threats for taking on the role.

'The only thing I can say about it [Cleopatraís background] is that we just donít know,' she told Glamour. 'There are versions of Cleopatra that exist already with actresses in that role who are fairer skinned than I am, but I think I have every right to have a shot at humanizing this incredible woman. 

'We all put our blood, sweat and tears into that show, and I think anybody else has as much of a right as anybody else to have a go at it because we just donít know. [Fair comment, but why not make a concerted effort to explain what we do know. On a no-fault basis with fair and balanced reporting? This is in all our interests, in the quest for knowledge. Credit to Netflix, Jada and Adele for spending time on the subject, and hoisting the 'what if' flag.]

'The death threats that Iíve received, the racist comments, itís just the vitriol. Itís not necessary, and itís very harmful, all we did was release a trailer and look at the response, so Iím anticipating a wave still yet to come.' 

But the actress has vowed to not be driven off social media by the cruel taunts and horrific trolling. 

 

 

 

 

Adele James, as the black Cleopatra

 

 

 

 

The trailer, released last week, features claims Cleopatra was black with 'curly hair.' One historian asserts in the preview: 'I remember my grandmother saying to me: I don't care what they tell you in school, Cleopatra was black.' 

Cleopatra was the companion of Alexander The Great, renowned for her marriages and affairs with Mark Antony and Julius Caesar

Her first language was Greek although she was the only Ptolemaic ruler to use the Egyptian language. 

On Sunday, lawyer Mahmoud al-Semary filed a complaint with the public prosecutor demanding that he take 'the necessary legal measures' to block access to Netflix.

He alleged the show featured content that violated Egypt's media laws and accused Netflix of trying to 'promote the Afrocentric thinking... which includes slogans and writings aimed at distorting and erasing the Egyptian identity.'

Cleopatra was famously played by white English actress Elizabeth Taylor opposite Richard Burton as Mark Antony in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's historical epic from 1963.

Three years ago plans for a new movie about the queen starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot sparked a backlash from people insisting the role should go to an Egyptian or African actress.

 

 

 

 

Adele James breaks her silence of Queen Cleopatra - Daily Mail 10th May 2023

 

 

 

 

Gadot defended the decision, saying: 'We were looking for a Macedonian actress that could fit Cleopatra. She wasn't there, and I was very passionate about Cleopatra.' 

The fury at Netflix's right-on programming comes after it appeared to have ditched the woke messaging last year.

Netflix took a hit in the first half of 2022, losing about 1,170 million subscribers as rivals such as Paramount+ and Disney+ raked them in.

The huge decline was seen by some as a direct consequence of the company's late response to demands from its viewers to tone down their woke agenda.

But after deciding to back figures like comedian Dave Chapelle it bounced back. Netflix added 1.75 million new subscribers for the quarter of 2023, nearly 550,000 more than consensus estimates, and a stark contrast to the loss of 200,000 subscribers the company suffered in the same period last year. 

The four-part Cleopatra series will explore the legacy, intellect and life of Cleopatra VII, the Greek Queen of Egypt from 51 to 30 BC

The trailer notes that Cleopatra belonged to the Ptolemaic dynasty but then goes on to dispute her heritage. 

 

 

CAST

 

 

Jada Pinkett Smith - Narrator 4 episodes, 2023

 

 

 

Adele James - Cleopatra 4 episodes, 2023

 

 

 

Craig Russell - Mark Antony 4 episodes, 2023

 

 

 

John Partridge - Julius Caesar 4 episodes, 2023

 

 

Andira Crichlow - Arsinoe 4 episodes, 2023

 

 

Kaysha Woollery - Charmian 4 episodes, 2023

 

 

Laya Lewis - Eiras 4 episodes, 2023

 

 

Calum Balmforth - Ptolemy XIII 4 episodes, 2023

 

 

 

Louis Emerick - Ptolemy Auletes 4 episodes, 2023

 

 

 

Phillip E. Walker - Pasharenptah 4 episodes, 2023

 

 

Michael Greco - Pothinus 4 episodes, 2023

 

 

Greg Lockett - Ammonios 4 episodes, 2023

 

 

James Marlowe - Octavian 4 episodes, 2023

 

 

 

Simon Kunz - Cicero 4 episodes, 2023

 

 

 

James O'Driscoll - Thyrsus 4 episodes, 2023

 

 

 

Shelley Haley - Self - Classics Professor, Hamilton College 4 episodes, 2023

 

 

Debora Heard - Self - PhD Candidate, Nubian Archaeology and Egyptian Studies 4 episodes, 2023

 

 

Islam Issa - Self - Author, 'Alexandria: The City That Changed The World' 4 episodes, 2023

 

Colleen Darnell - Self - Egyptologist 4 episodes, 2023

Sally-Ann Ashton - Self - Author, 'Cleopatra and Egypt' 4 episodes, 2023

Jacquelyn Williamson - Self - Associate Professor, Art & Archaeology of the Ancient Mediterranean 4 episodes, 2023

Nada El Belkasmi - Octavia (uncredited) 1 episode, 2023

Sami Fekkak - Optio Roman Officer (uncredited) 1 episode, 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SERIES PRODUCTION 

Ben Goold ... executive producer (3 episodes, 2023)
Jada Pinkett Smith ... executive producer (3 episodes, 2023)
Jimmy Abounouom ... executive producer (1 episode, 2023)
Harry Connolly ... edit producer (1 episode, 2023)
Sean Grundy ... edit producer (1 episode, 2023)
Victoria Adeola Thomas ... factual producer (1 episode, 2023)


SERIES MUSIC 

Michael 'Mikey' J Asante ... (3 episodes, 2023)

 

 

SERIES CINEMATOGRAPHY


Sean Francis ... (3 episodes, 2023)


SERIES FILM EDITING 

Guy Scutter ... (3 episodes, 2023)
Nigel Bunyan ... (1 episode, 2023)
Anne Dummett ... (1 episode, 2023)
Robin Hill ... (1 episode, 2023)
Paul Holland ... (1 episode, 2023)
Mairin O'Faolain ... (1 episode, 2023)


SERIES CASTING 

Heather Basten ... (3 episodes, 2023)


SERIES PRODUCTION DESIGN 

 

Paix Robinson ... (3 episodes, 2023)


SERIES COSTUME DESIGN 

Barbara Elum-Baldres ... (3 episodes, 2023)


SERIES MAKEUP 

Zanmarie Hanekom ... make up & hair artist (3 episodes, 2023)
Gloria PeŮaranda ... key makeup artist (3 episodes, 2023)
Shamirah Sairally ... hair & makeup designer (3 episodes, 2023)
Gale Shepherd ... make up & hair designer (3 episodes, 2023)
Tyron Sweeney ... key hair stylist (3 episodes, 2023)
Khadija Najahi ... key makeup artist (1 episode, 2023)


SERIES 2ND UNIT DIRECTOR (OR ASSIST DIR) 

 

Stephanie Zari ... first assistant director (4 episodes, 2023)
Monica Manaka ... second assistant director (3 episodes, 2023)


SERIES ART 

 

Youness Benbakrim ... S/B props: art department (4 episodes, 2023)


SERIES SOUND 

Nouhaila Ayari ... sound trainee (4 episodes, 2023)
Mohamed Waaziz ... boom operator (4 episodes, 2023)
Merce Williams ... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2023)
Niklas Matthaei ... foley artist (3 episodes, 2023)
Milos Stojanovic ... dialogue editor (2 episodes, 2023)


SERIES SPECIAL EFFECTS 

 

Lahcen Chamane ... special effects technician (3 episodes, 2023)


SERIES CAMERA & ELECTRICAL 

 

Younes El Ghozail ... Digital Imaging Technician: DIT (4 episodes, 2023)
Zakaria Marzak ... electrician (4 episodes, 2023)
Amine Boudour ... camera operator (3 episodes, 2023)
Sophia Hynch ... b camera loader (3 episodes, 2023)
Kwandiwe Lavisa ... a camera loader (3 episodes, 2023)
Arno van der Laan ... b camera focus puller (3 episodes, 2023)
Mark Van Zyl ... a camera focus puller (3 episodes, 2023)
Athi Maloy ... electrician (2 episodes, 2023)


SERIES CASTING 

 

Fran Cattaneo ... casting assistant (3 episodes, 2023)


SERIES EDITORIAL 

 

Fiona Starogardzki ... assembly editor (3 episodes, 2023)
Marty Webb ... colorist (3 episodes, 2023)
Kawtar Tarhzaoui ... edit assistant (2 episodes, 2023)


SERIES SCRIPT & CONTINUITY 

 

Ivana Djidrova ... script supervisor (3 episodes, 2023)
Jessica Ratnasbapathy ... Script Producer (3 episodes, 2023) 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

TOP TEN: STREAMING VIDEO ON DEMAND SERVICES

Netflix 230.75 million subscribers

Amazon Prime Video, Amazon.com, Inc., 205 million subscribers

Disney+ & ESPN+, Walt Disney & Hearst Communications. Disney+ (157.8 million) ESPN+ (25.3 million) Total: 183.1 million subscribers

Tencent Video, Tencent Holdings Ltd., 119 million subscibers

iQIYI Baidu, Inc., 111.6 million subscribers - originals, licensed content from other vendors.

HBO Max & Discovery + Warner Bros. (HBO Max: 76.8 million) (Discovery+: 24 million) Total: 97.6 million subscribers

Youku, Alibaba Group 90 million subscribers

YouTube Premium, Google (Alphabet) 80 million subscribers

Paramount+ & Showtime - Paramount Global+ (60 million) Showtime (17.4 million) Total: 77.3 million subscribers

Apple TV+ Apple Inc. 50 million subscribers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLACKWASHING IN OTHER FILMS AND SHOWS

James Bond (2022) - Talk of casting Idris Elba (proposed) as the British secret service spy.

Anne Boleyn (2021)  - Black English actress Jodie Turner-Smith played the Queen of England in a British TV series. Anne Boleyn was white and the second wife of King Henry VIII.

Saint Joan (2020) - Black New Yorker Condola Rashad played the French heroine Joan of Arc in a stage production of the tale set in the 15th century. In the play, Rashad is a gender non-confirming Joan.

Troy: Fall of a City (2018) - In the TV drama, Achilles, the Greek hero of the Trojan War is played by black English actor David Gyasi.

The Hollow Crown (2012 - 2016) - Sophie Okonedo, a Nigerian-British actress, played Queen Margaret of Anjou in the Shakespearean TV adaptation. Margaret, of French descent, was Queen of England and married to King Henry VI from 1445 to 1461.

Once Upon a Time (2011 - 2018) - The ABC series about fairytales features a black actor Sinqua Walls as Sir Lancelot. Lancelot is a British character who features as one of King Arthur's close companions and one of the greatest Knights of the Round Table. Arthur was a legendary king of Britain and a central figure in the medieval literary tradition. 

Robin Hood (2006 - 2009) - The BBC series featured black English actor David Harewood as Friar Tuck. Friar Tuck is one of the legendary Merry Men, the band of heroic outlaws in the folklore of Robin Hood which was set in England's Sherwood Forest in the 15th century.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

MEDIA INDEX

 

BBC NEWS - NETFLIX CLEOPATRA DOCUDRAMA 10 MAY 2023

BRISBANE TIMES - RADAR REVEALS POSSIBLE LOCATION CLEOPATRA'S TOMB 2009

CBC - CLEOPATRA OUTSMARTED EVERYONE, FEBRUARY 2021

DAILY MAIL - ADELE JAMES BREAK SILENCE AS TO BLACKWASHING CLAIMS MAY 2023

GREEK CITY TIMES - ARCHAEOLOGIST CLAIMS TO BE CLOSE TO DISCOVERY OF CLEOPATRA 2021

LIVESCIENCE - WHERE IS CLEOPATRA'S TOMB/PALACE JULY 2020

SKYE NEVILLE - PLASTIC FREE COMICS, WAITROSE BANS

THE GUARDIAN - NETFLIX, NO NEED FOR WHITE ACTOR 10 MAY 2023

THE SUN - QUEEN CLEOPATRA'S TOMB, TAPOSIRIS MAGNA 2020

TWITTER - ON CLEOPATRA SERIES BY NETFLIX MAY 2023

UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE - CLEOPATRA'S SUNKEN PALACE

USA TODAY - MUSTAFA WAZIRI, ALEXANDRIA, EGYPTIAN ARCHAEOLOGISTS 2018

YOUTUBERS - MAKEUP, CLEOPATRA'S FACE & EYE COSMETICS, MUMMY MASK

YOUTUBERS - NETFLIX VIDEO COMMENTS MAY 2023

ZAHI HAWASS - DOCUMENTARY: CLEOPATRA VII PHILOPATOR

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2023/may/10/queen-cleopatra-review-a-fun-drama-weighed-down-by-the-self-serious-need-to-educate
https://www.forbes.com/sites/danidiplacido/2023/05/17/netflixs-queen-cleopatra-controversy-explained/?sh=489cff1c6628

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-africa-65574733

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-12065875/Adele-James-breaks-silence-Queen-Cleopatra-blackwashing-claims.html

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/news/queen-cleopatra-actress-adele-james-says-claims-of-blackwashing-are-fundamentally-racist/ar-AA1b4dq6

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2023/may/10/queen-cleopatra-review-a-fun-drama-weighed-down-by-the-self-serious-need-to-educate
https://www.forbes.com/sites/danidiplacido/2023/05/17/netflixs-queen-cleopatra-controversy-explained/?sh=489cff1c6628

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-africa-65574733

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-12065875/Adele-James-breaks-silence-Queen-Cleopatra-blackwashing-claims.html

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/news/queen-cleopatra-actress-adele-james-says-claims-of-blackwashing-are-fundamentally-racist/ar-AA1b4dq6

 

 

 

 

 

Cleopata is raised from the dead, using the DNA from her mummy

 

 

CLONED REPLICANT - Using the latest technology in computer genome mapping and digital DNA splicing, an occult sect of scientists, reincarnate Cleopatra VII, who died in 30BC, having located and plundered her sarcophagus from its watery grave. The resurrected Pharaoh has to mesh with the modern world she's been reborn into, where the Fourth Reich harbour evil plans for her. This is fictional, original content, designed to entertain (what if) rather than educate. Though, interestingly, the cloning technology is real. All we don't (yet) have is Cleopatra's remains.

 

 

 

 

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