“Straight Outta Compton” Casting Call Takes Colorism and Racism to the Next Level

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The film “Straight Outta Compton”, which chronicles the rap group N.W.A.,  is currently in production, and a recent casting call for the film drew attention to how much Hollywood really does further colorism and racial stereotypes.

For example, according to the casting call,  “A GIRLS” are the hottest models and “can be black, white, asian, hispanic, mid eastern, or mixed race too.” The next category, “B GIRLS”, must “be light skinned” like Beyonce.

So now we get the drift: A and B girls are the prettiest girls, but watch what happens with C and D girls, the less attractive castings in the film.


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

And it gets worse:

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

So wait, the only girls who can be cast as “C” and “D” girls, the lowest on the totem pole, are African-American girls? The pretty girls come in all races, but only African-American girls are ugly. Got it Hollywood. Message heard loud and clear.

h/t: Gawker

5 comments
joy31608
joy31608

I won't spend 1 dime on this movie!

Watchful
Watchful

Doesn't seem much different from the process used to select sistahs for the overwhelming majority of hip hop music videos that I've observed over the years.

LisaThompson3
LisaThompson3

I don't think the men are behind this. It's the casting ppl. Flood the email address

Obsidian71
Obsidian71

Absolutely embarrassing.  I will not support this movie with one red cent.

KarenBaylis
KarenBaylis

Just when I think that "our" people can't sink into the depths of self hatred any lower, here it is. First of all I work hard for my money, so I decline to spend it on watching a movie based on men, and I use that term loosely, who have made a living using the word "nigger" to describe themselves. That being said, I am not surprised that this is the criteria for the women that they find attractive...one has only to listen to the lyrics of their songs. NWA has not been relevant in the music scene in a while, so what better way to try to draw attention to themselves, then to make outrageous statements. Any woman that possesses an ounce of class will avoid being caught up in this tasteless publicity stunt.