Straight Outta Compton Casting Agents Apologize For Allegedly Racist Casting Ad
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.17.2014
It asked for dark-skinned, out of shape African-American women...
The casting company behind seeking actors for the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton have apologized for a casting call that implied they were only looking for darker-skinned African-American girls to play poor people. TMZ reports that Sande Alessi Casting sent out a casting call for extras for the film which categorized women on an A, B, C and D scale with the following breakdown:
A) "Hottest of the hottest. Models" (open to women of any race)
B) "Fine ... Beyonce is a prototype here" (light-skinned women)
C) African American girls ... Medium to light skinned with a weave
D) "These are African American girls. Poor, not in good shape. Medium to dark skin tone."
The casting call garnered attention due to the fact that only the D group was associated with an economic class and was made up only of darker-skinned African American girls in poor shape. A rep for the casting company says that the ad was an "innocent mistake" and that they are looking for women of various skin tones and body types to play poor people.
The rep added that the A/B/C/D casting method is the usual one they use to cast different types of people and that it wasn't meant to offend anyone.