But the one thing I can remember without the aid of pictures, were of my classmate's reaction when I told them about the trip. We went there during the semestral break so when I got back to school I was eager to tell my fellow first-graders about the whole thing, how cool Egypt was. Their reaction? “Ew you went to Egypt? Isn't it just all desert there?” to which I responded “No, it’s not! They have civilization there!”
You may be wondering, “Why the f— should I care?! I’m not even Egyptian!” Well see the thing is, Egypt has contributed so much to the world that reducing it to a stereotype is just plain offensive. And it’s horrendous how badly misrepresented Egypt is in Western media.
For example, white-washing. Most Hollywood movies depicting Egyptian culture and history have casts that are, well, NOT Egyptian. I don't know why these big-shot directors and producers could even think that they can get away with a white person playing an Egyptian just by putting fancy graphic eyeliner on them. Remember: EGYPT IS IN AFRICA. So why are there hardly any Africans, much less actual Egyptians, in these films? (Not to mention many have multiple historical inaccuracies)
- Isis Evangelista
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