March 12, 2017
Poor Achilles. From blond Aryan ubermensch to monkey.
Homer wrote that Achilles was dipped in the river Styx in order to make him immortal. What he didn’t mention, however, is that it also made him a nigger.
It’s a great thing that the good Jews at the BBC are now correcting the record with this newest remake of the Trojan wars.
Because while Homer foolishly thought Achilles was Greek, in fact he was a Ghanaian negro.
Yeah I’m sure Homer was a big fan of the niggers.
Survey the footage trailing Troy: Fall of a City – bearded men in togas, battles on horseback, the kind of candlelit sex scenes that will make watching episodes on public transport particularly tricky – and you’d be forgiven for thinking it was business as usual. Another blockbuster (albeit a small-screen one) depicting Homer’s mythical tale of war, gods and doomed love.
But BBC One’s splashy new eight-parter created by The Night Manager’s David Farr approaches this ancient story with something of a modern sensibility. And so it is that the character of Achilles, last embodied on screen by a lank-haired Brad Pitt in 2004’s Troy, will this time be played by British-Ghanaian actor David Gyasi. (Not to mention many other black roles in the series, including Hakeem Kae-Kazim as the god Zeus.) It’s a casting move that – with thudding, tedious predictability – has been met with opposition by a small, stubbornly vocal section of the internet.
Hollywood White-washing Achilles under the pretext that that’s what the book described him as, smdh.
“Homer in the Iliad repeatedly describes Achilles as ‘blonde’ and ‘golden-haired’,” whined one definite non-racist. “Mad PC decision,” tweeted another. “Would anyone be mad if I made movie [sic] about US history, and actor playing Obama would be white?” chipped in one more.
“#Netflix so you’re going to black wash troy fall of city the new show. zeus, achilles wasn’t black and more. as a Greek I am disgusted,” said one, in the interests of asserting Greek identity more than diminishing black actors, of course.
Who’s even writing this?
We’re dealing with a proud Wakandan here.
So how does our Wakandan writer explain why Achilles should be played by a Ghanaian actor?
Is it impossible to conceive of a black Greek man? What if he was mixed race, would that be acceptable? Would he seem more plausibly Greek?
Is it impossible to conceive of a horse, who’s actually a dog? What if it was a half-horse, half-dog hybrid? Would that be acceptable? Would a half-horse creature be more plausibly a dog than a full-blooded horse?
It’s a reminder that these arguments can’t withstand even the tiniest scrutiny. What those who object to Gyasi’s casting are really saying – beyond the handwringing about cultural authenticity – is, essentially, that they want to go back to the old days when you could get away with an all-white cast. When a grand, period saga like this would be a stealthy way to lock out non-white actors.
Yeah, exactly. If you made a movie about the Zulu tribe, you could never justify using their Blackness as an excuse to lock out White actors out of that production, right?
I think you should all contact the author, Jimi Famurewa, in order to support his crusade to redress this grievous error of history.