Monday, January 05, 2015

Accurate inaccuracies

I read with amusement that the Egyptian government have banned Ridley Scott's new film "Exodus: Gods and Kings" because of "historical inaccuracies".

If their complaint was that the film is inaccurate because it shows a well fed (white) Welshmen (Christian Bale) running around the Western desert in 13 BC then fair enough, but, apparently their objection is that the film shows Jewish slaves building a pyramid and the Red Sea parting as a result of an earthquake. Now any proper historian knows that Jews didn't build the pyramids (they were actually built much earlier than the Moses story) and that the Red Sea was in fact split open by a huge invisible man in the sky with a vindictive and narcissistic personality and an unhealthy fetish for one particular Canaanite tribe. According to the Egyptian "cultural" minister the film therefore represents a "Zionist" version of history.

Clearly these Egyptian dullards don't appreciate the target audience for this film, i.e. American Christians; who (as countless polls attest) are about as uneducated on matters of the Bible, world culture and geography as it's possible to be! Say "Egypt" to the average mid-western red-neck and not only would they point to Alaska on the map, the only noteworthy historical thing they'd be able to tell you about it would be "the pyramids!", well, that and possibly how hot Elizabeth Taylor's breasts looked sprinkled with half and half.

I haven't watched the film yet nor do I intend to until it's free, but from the clips I have seen I doubt it will hold my attention unless the directors cut has lasers and kick-ass aliens in it, although, then it might be more believable?

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