About the N.W.A. Movie's Racist, Sexist and Classist Casting Call

Today a casting call for the upcoming N.W.A. movie "Straight Outta Compton" circulated th...


Today a casting call for the upcoming N.W.A. movie "Straight Outta Compton" circulated the internet, and it is clear that casting for this film will do nothing to budge Hollywood's systemic racism and classism--which of course is merely a reflection of that which perpetuates our society as a whole.

Whenever things like these make the rounds, someone always attempts to explain away what we're seeing isn't a clear demonstration of white supremacy.


There's nothing coincidental about the "hottest of the hot" being classified as Group A and Group D consisting of poor African American girls who are "medium to dark."  Sande Allesi Casting drew a correlation between a woman's proximity to whiteness and her value.

And, of course, the one explicit mention of dark-skinned women is juxtaposed next to "poor" and "not in shape."

Take a look at the casting call and share your thoughts!




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



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