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Why is Netflix’s series so controversial?

Adele James as Cleopatra in African Queens: Queen Cleopatra (Netflix)

Netflix’s new Queen Cleopatra documentary is already on the centre of a lot controversy, regardless of having solely simply premiered on the platform.

The four-part documentary, which landed on the streaming service at this time, focuses on the Egyptian ruler’s life, and her reign from 51 to 30 BC.

Cleopatra turned the final Pharaoh of Egypt after succeeding her father Ptolemy XII, and following her dying the nation turned part of the Roman Empire. It is not recognized who Cleopatra’s mom was.

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Queen Cleopatra is the second season of Jada Pinkett Smith’s African Queens series, and the actor continues to relate the documentary like she did for the primary season which targeted on Queen Njinga — a seventeenth century warrior who dominated over Ndongo and Matamba (modern-day Angola).

Pinkett Smith instructed Netflix’s Tudum in April that she selected to deal with Cleopatra within the second season of the documentary series as a result of she felt “we don’t often get to see or hear stories about Black queens.”

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The actor added: “That was actually essential for me, in addition to for my daughter, and only for my group to have the ability to know these tales as a result of there are tons of them.

“The sad part is that we don’t have ready access to these historical women who were so powerful and were the backbones of African nations.”

The streaming large has drawn the ire of Egyptian students, although, due to its choice to depict the final Pharaoh of Egypt as a Black African.

Adele James as Cleopatra in Queen Cleopatra (Netflix)

Adele James as Cleopatra in Queen Cleopatra (Netflix)

In the documentary, Queen Cleopatra is portrayed by British actor Adele James, who is combined race and whose heritage Netflix felt completely suited the ruler due to “the centuries-long conversation about the ruler’s race.”

Netflix defined its choice in an article on its companion web site Tudum, wherein the streamer stated: “During the time of her reign, Egypt’s inhabitants was multicultural and multiracial.

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“Cleopatra’s race was unlikely to be documented, and the identities of her mother and paternal grandparents weren’t known. Some speculate she was a native Egyptian woman, while others say she was Greek.”

According to a report from the BBC in April, Egyptologist Zahi Hawass has filed a criticism towards Netflix for depicting Cleopatra on this means, claiming that the present was making an attempt to “erase the Egyptian identity.”

Adele James as Cleopatra in Queen Cleopatra (Netflix)

Adele James as Cleopatra in Queen Cleopatra (Netflix)

Hawass is stated to have insisted that the Egyptian ruler was “light-skinned, not black,” and, per the publication, he added: “Netflix is trying to provoke confusion by spreading false and deceptive facts that the origin of the Egyptian civilisation is black.”

Following the controversy, James was hit with racial abuse and trolling on social media and the actor known as this out on Twitter.

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In a tweet the place she included screenshots of a number of the racial abuse she’d acquired, James wrote: “Just FYI, this sort of behaviour gained’t be tolerated on my account. You might be blocked with out hesitation!!!

“If you don’t like the casting don’t watch the show. Or do & engage in (expert) opinion different to yours. Either way, I’M GASSED and will continue to be!”

African Queens: Queen Cleopatra is out on Netflix now.

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