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.