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Universal Apologizes Over 'Straight Outta Compton' Racist Casting Call

July 18, 2014 04:05:47 GMT

The studio insists the filmmakers behind the N.W.A biopic 'did not approve and do not condone the information in this casting notice.'


Universal Apologizes Over 'Straight Outta Compton' Racist Casting Call
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Universal Pictures is distancing themselves from the casting call issued by Sande Alessi Casting to look for additional cast for the studio's upcoming movie "Straight Outta Compton". The call sheet shows the search for four different types of women ranked from A to D based on their level of attractiveness, body type, and ethnicity.

The casting call has since been taken down from Sande's Facebook after sparking controversy due to racism issues. Universal said, "The filmmakers ... did not approve and do not condone the information in this casting notice. We regret and sincerely apologize for being in any way associated with the offensive descriptions it contained."

The movie is booked for August 14, 2015. It depicts the rise and fall of the Compton, California-based rap group N.W.A. O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell are set to play the group's members Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and the late Eazy-E respectively. Serving as a director is F. Gary Gray.

Excerpt from the controversial casting call is as follows:

A GIRLS: These are the hottest of the hottest. Models. MUST have real hair - no extensions, very classy looking, great bodies. You can be black, white, asian, hispanic, mid eastern, or mixed race too. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: A GIRLS

B GIRLS: These are fine girls, long natural hair, really nice bodies. Small waists, nice hips. You should be light-skinned. Beyonce is a prototype here. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: B GIRLS

C GIRLS: These are African American girls, medium to light skinned with a weave. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: C GIRLS

D GIRLS: These are African American girls. Poor, not in good shape. Medium to dark skin tone. Character types. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: D GIRLS

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posted by honey on Jul 18, 2014
This is SAD, SAD!! Some idiot actually put pen to paper and advertised this!?
posted by Her on Jul 18, 2014
Sad thing is women are victimized by race, shape, and ethnicity everyday!! This is not a surprise...Black Dark Skin is "Poor" I guess...And White is basically "Rich" or More Prettier!! Beauty is SKIN deep!! And nomatter your skin noones is that perfect person!!
posted by cricket on Jul 18, 2014
I think It's sad how women are put in A,B,C sections what's sadder they will apply for the job.
posted by Eegah on Jul 18, 2014
Will they be subjecting these girls to a brown paper bag test as well?

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