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‘Rumi wasn’t white’: Twitter reacts to DiCaprio’s new role as Persian poet

Staff writer, Al Arabiya English Friday, 10 June 2016 Text size A A A

Fans inundated their social media accounts with celebratory messages after Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Oscar earlier this year.

But not all of the 41-year-old actor’s fanbase received the news of him possibly starring as the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi with the same enthusiasm.

Posting under the #RumiWasntWhite hashtag – a nod towards the blond-haired, blue-eyed Titanic star’s perceived lack of resemblance to Rumi – Twitter users protested the unusual casting suggestion by a prominent Hollywood writer


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