Netflix has been accused of ‘blackwashing’ historical past by casting a black actress as Cleopatra in a brand new docuseries concerning the Macedonian-Greek ruler.

African Queens: Queen Cleopatra stars British actress Adele James because the Egyptian ruler. Producer Jada Pinkett Smith stated she needed to inform the story as a result of ‘we do not usually get to see or hear tales about black queens.’

The trailer final week options claims that Cleopatra was black with ‘curly hair.’ One historian asserts within the preview: ‘I bear in mind my grandmother saying to me: I do not care what they let you know in class, Cleopatra was black.’ 

However Egyptians have reacted with horror to the denial of data which present Cleopatra was Macedonian-Greek. An Egyptian lawyer has filed a case with the nation’s public prosecutor demanding that Netflix be shutdown.

In the meantime Cairo’s former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass condemned the documentary as ‘fully faux. Cleopatra was Greek, that means that she was light-skinned, not black.’

Hot water: Netflix has been forced to turn off comments for the official trailer of new docu-series Queen Cleopatra (pictured: Cleopatra, played by Adele James)

Sizzling water: Netflix has been pressured to show off feedback for the official trailer of latest docu-series Queen Cleopatra (pictured: Cleopatra, performed by Adele James)

Controversy: In the show, which is due to air on May 10, Cleopatra is depicted as black, despite historical records showing she was of Macedonian Greek heritage

Controversy: Within the present, which is because of air on Could 10, Cleopatra is depicted as black, regardless of historic data displaying she was of Macedonian Greek heritage

Hawass stated the one rulers of Egypt recognized to have been black had been the Kushite kings of the twenty fifth Dynasty (747-656 BC).

‘Netflix is attempting to impress confusion by spreading false and misleading details that the origin of the Egyptian civilisation is black,’ he added and referred to as on his countrymen to take a stand towards the streaming big. 

On Sunday, lawyer Mahmoud al-Semary filed a criticism with the general public prosecutor demanding that he take ‘the required authorized measures’ to dam entry to Netflix.

He alleged the present featured content material that violated Egypt’s media legal guidelines and accused Netflix of attempting to ‘promote the Afrocentric considering… which incorporates slogans and writings aimed toward distorting and erasing the Egyptian id.’

The four-part sequence will discover the legacy, mind and lifetime of Cleopatra VII, the Greek Queen of Egypt from 51 to 30 BC. 

The trailer notes that Cleopatra belonged to the Ptolemaic dynasty however then goes on to dispute her heritage. 

‘It is potential she was an Egyptian’ says one professional, whereas one other provides: ‘I bear in mind my grandmother saying to me ‘I do not care what they let you know in class, Cleopatra was black.” 

The 2-minute official Trailer uploaded on April 12 has already amassed over 1.9 million views on YouTube.

In the meantime, Netflix has been pressured to show feedback off on the official trailer, after it was met with controversy. 

A petition to cancel the present has amassed over 3,000 signatures. A earlier petition – which was taken down – had over 62,000 signatures. 

Creator Kemi Owonibi tweeted: ‘For the nth time, the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra was not an Egyptian. 

‘She was Greek! Cleopatra VII was white—of Macedonian descent, likewise all of the Ptolemy rulers, who lived in Egypt.’ 

Backlash: Twitter users responded furiously after watching the trailer, with one calling it 'theft of Egyptian history'

Backlash: Twitter customers responded furiously after watching the trailer, with one calling it ‘theft of Egyptian historical past’

One other added: ‘Netflix is – but once more – black washing a traditionally White character, this time it is Queen Cleopatra that’s reworked right into a black girl regardless of that we all know she was White — of Macedonian/Greek descent, so was the entire rulers of the Ptolemy dynasty.’ 

A 3rd stated: ‘Cleopatra was NOT Black, she was the GREEK Queen of Egypt and is a lovely connection between Greek and Egyptian civilisations.’

Egyptian actress and singer Somaya Elkhashab tweeted: ‘Figuring out Queen Cleopatra as black for fulfilling fashionable African American fantasies is pure theft of egyptian historical past and but an try to rewrite historical past’s greats. 

‘Blackwashing a greek queen proves the obsession with white ladies and this would not assist stopping racism in any respect.’

Nevertheless one other stated: ‘Nicely, it appears Jada Pinkett Smith has people all uptight due to her upcoming documentary on Netflix. It is referred to as #QueenCleopatra and it airs on Could 10. 

‘The problem is, Cleopatra is proven as Black girl and a few do not prefer it. Personally, I can not wait to see it!’

Cleopatra was famously performed by white English actress Elizabeth Taylor reverse Richard Burton as Mark Anthony in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s historic epic from 1963.

Three years in the past plans for a brand new film concerning the queen starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot sparked a backlash from individuals insisting the function ought to go to an Egyptian or African actress.

Starring role: Adele James, 37, plays Cleopatra and previously warned people 'not to watch' the show if they don't like the casting

Starring function: Adele James, 37, performs Cleopatra and beforehand warned individuals ‘to not watch’ the present if they do not just like the casting

Gadot defended the choice, saying: ‘We had been searching for a Macedonian actress that would match Cleopatra. She wasn’t there, and I used to be very obsessed with Cleopatra.’ 

Cleopatra was the companion of Alexander The Nice, famend for her marriages and affairs with Marc Antony and Julius Caesar. 

Her first language was Greek though she was the one Ptolemaic ruler to make use of the Egyptian language. 

Actress Adele James beforehand responded by telling individuals to not watch the present if they do not just like the casting.

She tweeted: ‘Simply FYI, this type of habits will not be tolerated on my account. You’ll be blocked with out hesitation!!! In the event you do not just like the casting do not watch the present. 

‘Or do & have interaction in (professional) opinion totally different to yours. Both manner, I’M GASSED and can proceed to be!’ 

The official synopsis reads: ‘From Government Producer Jada Pinkett Smith comes a brand new documentary sequence exploring the lives of distinguished and iconic African Queens. 

‘This season will function Cleopatra, the world’s most well-known, highly effective, and misunderstood girl — a daring queen whose magnificence and romances got here to overshadow her actual asset: her mind. 

‘Cleopatra’s heritage has been the topic of a lot educational debate, which has usually been ignored by Hollywood. Now our sequence re-assesses this fascinating a part of her story.’ has contacted Netflix and Pinkett Smith’s manufacturing firm for remark. 

Queen Cleopatra might be out there to stream on Netflix from Could 10.