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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Casting Agency Causes Racial Stir

‘Straight Outta Compton,’ the N.W.A biopic, hasn’t even been released yet and it’s already causing quite a stir.

According to TMZ, the company responsible for casting the forthcoming film, Sande Allesi Casting, put out an ad seeking talent and the results are offensive and even racist to say the least.

Here’s how the ad reads:

SAG OR NON UNION CASTING NOTICE FOR FEMALES-ALL ETHNICITIES- from the late 80′s. Shoots on “Straight Outta Compton”. Shoot date TBD. We are pulling photos for the director of featured extras. VERY IMPORTANT – You MUST live in the Los Angeles area (Orange County is fine too) to work on this show. DO NOT SUBMIT if you live out of the area. Nobody is going to be flying into LA to do extra work on this show – and don’t tell me you are willing to fly in.

SAG OR NON UNION FEMALES – PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR SPECIFIC BREAKDOWN. DO NOT EMAIL IN FOR MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY:
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

Clearly, many found it appalling that Sande Alessi Casting would associate low-income women with being dark-skinned and overweight. Also, the company suggest in the ad that being of a darker complexion and being of a larger size is the reason women live below the poverty level.

However, a representative for the company has revealed that the ad was a mistake and it was improperly worded. The agency i actually looking for women of all colors and sizes. Additionally, the rep said using terms like “light-skinned” and “dark-skinned” are common in casting ads, but it’s just to secure the right people for the right roles, and nothing else.

The movie’s theatrical release will be Aug. 15, 2015.

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