Rupert Murdoch is facing a big Twitter backlash right now - here's why

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has sparked fury on Twitter by trying to defend the decision to cast white actors in the lead roles of Ridley Scott’s new film Exodus: Gods and Kings.

In a series of tweets, Murdoch said all Egyptians he knows are white and that they treated “blacks as slaves”.

The film, set to release on 26 December, is being ridiculed with #BoycottExodusMovie for its all-white cast.

Defending the decision, director Ridley Scott told films website Variety: “I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such. I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.”

Take a look at Murdoch’s tweets:

 

 

 

Murdoch’s tweets got a lot of angry responses, sample these ones below:

 

This is obviously not the first time Murdoch has landed himself in hot water for his remarks. Back in 2012, he sent out a tweet wondering the “Jewish owned press” seemed “so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis.”

After, a volley of complaints, Murdoch apologised for his tweet.

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