There's been some outcry and some apologies over the latest movie to change the ethnicity of core cast, Gods of Egypt. We're getting the same response we got from Exodus so many moons ago: some pointing out this was a prime time to display some talent that hails from the less white section of skin pigmentation, some saying that the best actor should get the job and this is blown out of proportion, and some (blatantly wrong) people saying that Egyptians might have been white anyway.
The interesting thing though, is that many people who are blase about casting white actors in a place that was historically occupied by people who didn't need to liberally apply sunscreen, are the same voices who get upset that the human torch was made black or that we have a multi-ethnic spider man. The other side also seems to switch up as well, with those who could care less what color Captain America is upset that we're white washing ancient Egypt.
I'm not here to point out hypocrisy, primarily because that's a really pompous thing to make a thread about, but the irony about the entire situation. What this really comes down to, is cultural appropriation. A lot of posters who are against race-changing are also staunchly against the SJW and PC movement. However, they are firmly on the side of political correctness when it comes down to the cultural appropriation of something that was held dear to them, namely making Aquaman a dark skinned, dark haired man when he has historically been blond and fair. It's a very annoying thing when something that you cared about was changed by somebody who may not have that same intimate connection with the source material simply because it happens to be a popular thing and to make it "more appealing" to a bigger audience. And that, at the end of the day, is what cultural appropriation is; using the heritage of some other cultural for your own use without the understanding of its significance.
Again, the other side does this too, but it's just a little funny to me how many posters I see who are so strongly against political correctness are getting upset over a common SJW "trigger" without ever (as far as I've seen) voicing why they are disgruntled.
Is there anybody else who noticed this trend? Or a much broader question, can we actually have a conversation about cultural appropriation without screams of SJW flying about, muddying the waters?