Media baron Rupert Murdoch has sparked fury on Twitter after claiming that Egyptian people are white.
Christian Bale on screen
Christian Bale on screen
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Bale stars as the 'barbaric' Moses in Ridley Scott's Exodus
2/13 The Dark Knight
Bale took on the iconic role of superhero Batman for Christopher Nolan's 2008 movie
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3/13 American Hustle
Bale starred as a conman alongside Bradley Cooper in the Oscar-nominated American Hustle
4/13 The Fighter
Bale in his Oscar-winning role as boxer and trainer Dicky Eklund
5/13 Out Of The Furnace
Bale as the vengeful Russell Baze in Scott Cooper's 2013 crime thriller
6/13 The Dark Knight Rises
Bale reprises his role as Batman in a scene from 2012's The Dark Knight Rises
7/13 The Prestige
Bale as magician Alfred Borden in the Oscar-nominated 2006 drama
8/13 Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Bale played Mandras in Captain Corelli's Mandolin alongside Penelope Cruz and Nicolas Cage
9/13 Little Women
Bale as Laurie in the 1994 film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel
10/13 Batman Begins
Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman in 2005's Batman Begins
11/13 American Psycho
Bale starred as Patrick Bateman in the 2000 film adaptation
12/13 Empire Of The Sun
Bale starred in Steven Spielberg's 1987 film as a young boy
13/13 Terminator Salvation
But Mr Murdoch, owner of News Corp and 21st Century Fox, tweeted in the early hours yesterday:
Moses film attacked on Twitter for all white cast. Since when are Egyptians not white? All I know are.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) November 29, 2014
Omar X responded: "@rupertmurdoch get out of here with your bull**** statements. For someone who runs the world's media you're a rather ill-informed moron."
Another tweeter, @scifisunsets, responded with "Jesus Rupe, all that money and you know hee-haw about people."
Raymond Delauney tweeted: "All... Egyptian dictators you've supported are no doubt 'white'."
Fifteen minutes after his first comment, 83-year-old Murdoch retaliated:
Everybody-attacks last tweet. Of course Egyptians are Middle Eastern, but far from black. They treated blacks as slaves.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) November 29, 2014
Okay, there are many shades of color. Nothing racist about that, so calm down!— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) November 29, 2014
Cindy Chin tweeted back: "Referring to your Egyptian cotton sheets?"
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