In a shameless display of historical revisionism, Netflix has sparked fury by adding the Greek Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, to their roster of blackwashed historical figures. The streaming giant’s controversial decision has drawn a storm of criticism as it shamelessly attempts to rewrite history. The Netflix documentary Queen Cleopatra, narrated and executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith, claims to explore the queen’s untold story and her reign, which has been overshadowed by her romance with Mark Antony. But instead, Netflix has chosen to disgracefully blackwash her true legacy.
Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, descending from Ptolemy I Soter, a Macedonian Greek general and companion of Alexander the Great. Her native language was Koine Greek, and she was the only Ptolemaic ruler to learn the Egyptian language. Cleopatra’s reign ended with the Roman Empire’s annexation of Egypt, marking the end of an era that began with Alexander the Great.
Throughout her reign, Cleopatra’s life was mired in political intrigue, civil wars, and alliances with Roman rulers like Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Her tragic death, likely by poisoning, has become legendary, and her legacy has endured in countless works of art, literature, and pop culture.
But Netflix, in its infinite wisdom, has seen fit to twist this extraordinary historical figure’s story by blackwashing her true ancestry. Roman historiography and Latin poetry have long painted a critical view of Cleopatra, which has influenced Medieval and Renaissance literature. Depictions of her in visual arts span from Roman busts and paintings to Ptolemaic and Roman coinage.
From the Renaissance to the Victorian era, Cleopatra has been the subject of operas, paintings, poetry, sculptures, and theatrical dramas, becoming a pop culture icon of Egyptomania. In recent times, she has graced the world of applied and fine arts, burlesque satire, Hollywood films, and commercial products.
Netflix’s audacious attempt to rewrite history has left many wondering what’s next. Will they continue to distort the truth for the sake of a shallow, politically correct narrative? The facts are clear, and we must not let the streaming giant’s blackwashing agenda eclipse the genuine story of one of history’s most fascinating figures.