Because it is easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission to whitewash a people, Lionsgate and director Alex Proyas have, now that it's too late to do anything about it, formally apologized for giving Gods of Egypt the diversity of a Toby Keith concert.
"The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse," Proyas explained in a statement for Forbes. "I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made."
The studio added, "We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better."
Lionsgate has yet to address the film's larger casting issue: pulling all of its CGI characters from unused Killer Instinct graphics.