‘Straight Outta Compton’ Casting Call D-Lists African-American Women

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It’s fitting that N.W.A. one of the most (if not THE most) influential groups in the history of rap have landed themselves a biopic. But sadly, things for Straight Outta Compton seem to be off to a horrible start.

The production team has enlisted Sande Allesi Casting, the agency behind The Social Network, Pirates of the Carribean, and Fargo, to fill in all spots from extras to supporting castmates. And, sadly, they seem to live and die by the racial color spectrum when making choices as to who to onboard.

The call Sande Allesi sent out to potential actors yesterday read like a game of “casting by color”:

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

 

While it’s understood that the agency needs to break down the specific requirements needed to satisfy each individual role, their wording and overt racism sprinkled throughout the ad is absolutely undeniable. IS THIS WHERE WE’VE COME, HOLLYWOOD? By attaching the specific women desired to a letter grade, they essentially go on to rank the requirements from A to D, with light-skinned women receiving a “higher grade” and “medium to dark skin tone” women being placed under the “D GIRLS” category. Same goes for natural hair vs. weave and ”poor, not in good shape” women with the Beyoncés of the bunch.

Whoever runs Sande Alessi Casting (something tells me it might be someone named Sande Alessi) needs to get a clue when it comes to the perfect cast. Ranking human beings on an A-D scale based on skin color? Zero percent okay.

AND YOU THINK HOLLYWOOD IS GLAMOROUS? Nah, b.

[Swagger New York]

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