Egypt Bans ‘Zionist Film’ Exodus

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Egypt and Morocco have banned Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings over the film's historical inaccuracies, such as the depiction of Moses holding a sword before parting the Red Sea instead of a stick and, oh, the suggestion that the tides parted because of a natural phenomenon rather than divine intervention. "This totally contradicts proven historical facts," said Egyptian culture minister Gaber Asfour. There were other complaints, too, including one about how the movie shows that "Moses and the Jews built the pyramids." As you might have suspected, there are some politics behind the decision: "It is a Zionist film," said Asfour. "It gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies and that’s why we have decided to ban it." He had no comment on all of the white people in the movie, though.