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Cancel Netflix's Cleopatra Documentary

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The new documentary by Netflix, that is scheduled to air on May 10th, 2023 is a misleading piece of fiction that represents Afrocentrist claims as fact and portrays a Greek - Egyptian Queen of Macedonian (Greek) descent as a black woman. Clips from the 'documentary' include that of an elderly lady saying: "My grandmother always told me: 'Don't listen to what they tell you at school, Cleopatra was black'."

Documentaries are meant to educate and promote scholarly learning while presenting facts, not dogmatic conjecture. Even though we believe that representation matters in media and the arts, Cleopatra was a historical figure tied to the nations of Greece and Egypt who have to suffer the daylight theft of their beloved historical figure for the sake of 'feel-good' projects in America, and not a fictitious character that could be portrayed by anyone.

As Mansa Musa, Shaka Zulu, Nelson Mandela or the Yellow Emperor, Sitting Bull and other historical figures tied to the central narratives of other nations could not be portrayed by Chris Hemsworth, likewise, Cleopatra should not be portrayed by a non Mediterranean actress. Join your voice against the falsification of history and the celebration of ignorance. Stealing and appropriating history is not conducive to dialogue and the brotherhood of mankind.

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