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Color Complex: Racism in the Casting Call for NWA Biopic




Hollywood just would not be the same if it did not have an occasional controversy now would it? Well, they have not disappointed because an upcoming biopic has stirred the media up into frenzy.

Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and director F. Gary Gray are finally coming out with a biopic for the legendary group N.W.A., but there seems to be a problem with the casting of the movie.

They have already cast the leading roles with Shea O’Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, and Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, but they are still searching for female characters, and the casting call for them harbors interesting requirements.

The casting call for more female characters was leaked, and it sparked issues of racism and discrimination.

Here’s an excerpt from the casting call:

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.

B GIRLS: These are fine girls, long natural hair, really nice bodies. Small waists, nice hips. You should be light-skinned. Beyoncé is a prototype here.

D GIRLS: These are African American girls. Poor, not in good shape. Medium to dark skin tone. Character types.”

The ad suggested that all African American women with darker complexions are poor and out of shape, and that definitely did not sit well with the African American community.

Black women are already disregarded and placed at the bottom of the totem pole, and this ad, which was created by a white woman, did nothing but reinforce that societal fact.

The Sande Alessi Casting Company claims that the casting call was not intended to offend anyone and that it was normal protocol for when they are casting extras for a production, but the ad speaks for itself.


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