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Rupert Murdoch Is Genuinely Confused That All Egyptian People Aren’t White

For a media mogul, he sure ain't great at the Twitters.

You’d think a guy with decades of experience in the media industry — a guy who also owns one of the most expansive media companies in the entire world spanning newspapers, film, television, magazines and online — would have some basic understanding of how to do a Twitter. And yet, here we find ourselves.

Today, CEO of Newscorp and one of the most powerful people in the world, Rupert Murdoch took to the platform to express his disbelief at the fact people were mad about the whitewashing of the upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings.

It didn’t go great.

For one, if you’re going to jump on a public platform where you’re actively followed by more than half a million people to defend a film which you financially back — it’s distributed by 20th Century Fox — you better bring your A-game. The debate about the film itself has been going on for months now, with many sharing their thoughts with the hashtag #BoycottExodusMovie. Instead of providing some kind of meaningful dialogue with these people, Murdoch — an old, rich, white man — dug himself a giant hole by pleading total ignorance.

He then jumped in the hole and drowned himself in dirt by inferring there were only two races in the entire world. You know: people he’s friends with and people who were once treated as slaves.

But for some reason people still wouldn’t let up. His next couple of outbursts were essentially the Twitter equivalent of this: “Hey guys. No. No. Seriously. Just be cool. Okay? Okay good.”

Don’t hold your breath for an apology any time soon.

Photo: Monika Flueckiger via Flickr.