Yesha Callahan

Straight Out Compton Cast Explains Straight Out Racist and Sexist Casting Call

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Last years Straight Outta Compton casting call was racist and sexist.

Sande Alessi Casting, the company responsible for posting the extra’s casting, made sure to have specifics when they posted the call on their Facebook page:

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

So how many A, B, C and D girls were in the film? I wouldn’t know. I don’t plan on seeing it. But the cast from the movie recently spoke about the casting:

“For their own reasons, I doubt that casting company meant anything by it. But when you’re asked how to describe someone and not sure how to put it in ‘lay’ terms. You can possibly say the wrong thing. It’s easy to be racist,” said Corey Hawkins, who plays Eazy-E’s character.

It’s interesting at how nonchalant the actors are about the blatant racism and colorism that the casting agency promoted, but of course, I guess you can’t expect anyone to do anything but ‘kiki’ about anything that’s a  slight to black women.

Image Credits:  Universal and Legendary Pictures

 

  1. August 18, 2015 - Reply

    CLICK BAIT! You added nothing to the conversation and you displayed the same information twice. This was enough for an instagram post. I hold clutch to a higher standard. DO BETTER!

    • August 18, 2015 - Reply

      @Marissa Dawson

      Clickbait indeed. This is old news that was reported months ago.

  2. August 18, 2015 - Reply

    Didn’t they have this same casting description for another movie?

    • August 18, 2015 - Reply

      @Delia

      Which movie was that? Do you know?

      • August 19, 2015 - Reply

        @PrimmestPlum

        I forgot, but I do remember Clutch posting something similar about another movie

  3. August 18, 2015 - Reply

    Leave it to some Black men to make excuses for the casting company for not being able — even though they should be able to — put casting calls in “lay people’s terms.” If there was a casting call for A: Light-skinned men with nice physiques and pretty hair vs. D: Ugly dark-skinned Black men with nappy hair, they’d be screaming discrimination all over the place.

  4. August 18, 2015 - Reply

    There is no excuse for the colorist, sexist, and evil casting call. It’s truly a shame that some people refuse to expose the racist and misogynist nature of that casting call (or making excuses for the actions of the casting company) even to this day. Corey Hawkins is wrong. The casting company knew exactly what they were doing and they intentionally wanted to promote a disrespectful and evil casting call. Colorism is a serious problem that that must be addressed. Some folks have to wake up and see that being real is not about advancing misogynoir and glamorizing a counterrevolutionary music group. Being real is about treating people as people and following the principles, of honor, truth, and justice.

  5. August 19, 2015 - Reply

    the funniest part of this was Beyonce being the prototype for “long natural hair” ..i cant

  6. August 19, 2015 - Reply

    What a ridiculous and flimsy excuse. A casting director who doesn’t know how to describe what she wants? She didn’t know what they wanted in the movie? GTFOH.
    They should have just not said anything at all.

  7. August 19, 2015 - Reply

    The casting call was not only stupid but it was racist. I’ve watched the movie, which was pretty good, ave I couldn’t tell who was girl A, B, C, or D. Shrugs.

  8. August 19, 2015 - Reply

    Yet will bitch and moan when police officers arrest you while suspecting you of felonies.

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