Ridley’s Scott’s Bible-themed movie Exodus has been banned in three Arab countries because it allegedly contains ‘historical’ errors and scenes that are forbidden in Islam.
According to The Guardian, Morocco banned the movie from showing in theaters because it showed a scene where God was ‘represented as a child who gives a revelation to the prophet Moses.’ Representing God in any way is forbidden in Islam, just as it forbids any depictions of prophet Muhammad.
Egypt banned Exodus from their theaters because it contained ‘historical inaccuracies, including an apparent claim that “Moses and the Jews built the pyramids”.’
‘This totally contradicts proven historical facts,’ said Egypt’s culture minister Gaber Asfour. ‘It is a Zionist film. It gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies and that’s why we have decided to ban it.’
And as for the United Arab Emirates, Exodus is banned because it contains ‘many mistakes not only about Islam but other religions too.’
The movie, which stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Pharaoh Ramses, has also faced criticism for its alleged lack of ethnic diversity in casting. Many critics described the casting as racist because white actors were given all the major roles while blacks were given unimportant, minor, servant roles, as you can see in the photo above.