‘Straight Outta Compton’ Casting Company Issues An Apology
The upcoming N.W.A biopic garnered negative attention last week when a casting call for female characters was posted online. Sparking controversy over its description of “A girls” and “B girls” as “the hottest of the hottest” and “light-skinned,” while pointing to “D girls” as “African-American” and “poor, not in in good shape,” casting company Sandi Alessi was met with complaints of racism. Now, a member of the company has posted an apology.
In a Facebook post, Kristan Berona of Sandi Alessi wrote:
I’ve been wanting to say this for two days and now I can.
I would like to sincerely apologize for recently posting a casting announcement that used offensive language to recruit women for a film our agency is working on. My intention was not to offend anyone and I’m so deeply sorry for not realizing the insensitivity in its content.
Straight Outta Compton’s studio, Universal Pictures, also released a statement to the Hollywood Reporter in which they did not claim any affiliation with the call:
Universal Pictures and the filmmakers for Straight Outta Compton did not approve and do not condone the information in this casting notice. We regret and sincerely apologize for being in any way associated with the offensive descriptions it contained.
Straight Outta Compton will hit theaters in August 2015.