Agency apologises after casting call for NWA biopic described as racist

The advertisement ranked girls into race-specific categories

Agency apologises after casting call for NWA biopic described as racist
The agency responsible for casting the forthcoming NWA biopic has apologised after the firm's casting call was accused of being racist.

As reported by Gawker, the casting call for "featured extras" was posted via the agency's Facebook page and used an A, B, C, D scale to group applicants. For Category A , the firm sought woman they described as "the hottest of the hottest" and would consider those who were "black, white, Asian, Hispanic, mid-eastern, or mixed-race".

After that the scale became more race-specific. Category C was described as "African American girls, medium to light skinned with a weave", while D also only sought black woman who were, "poor, not in good shape. Medium to dark skin tone".

Speaking to TMZ, a rep for Sande Alessi Casting described the casting advertisement, that appeared to rank potential applicants by their skin colour, as "an honest mistake".

The agency have responded to the criticism by asserting they're looking for women of various skin tones and body types to play the "poor" people and that a grouping system is common when casting different types of people for any project.

The LA-based hip-hop group, who released their debut album 'Straight Outta Compton' in 1988, were nominated for induction into the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but failed to make the final cut.

The upcoming film, also titled Straight Outta Compton, is due for release next year and will feature founding member Ice Cube being played by his own son, O'Shea Jackson Jr.

Read More On This Artist

NWA Merchandise
More News
Ryan Adams to release Halloween-themed 'Vampires' EP
Johnny Marr: 'Playland' is about tension, anxiety and boredom'
Paul Weller records song with Olly Murs for 'X Factor' singer's new album
Children return from the dead to dance in Flying Lotus' 'Never Catch Me' video –...
Anti-sexual assault group condemn 'dangerous' Maroon 5's stalker-themed...
Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy stakes in Reddit
Bernard Sumner says working with Peter Hook was 'unbearable in the end'
Jake Bugg and David Gray to play Mencap Little Noise Sessions
Aphex Twin: 'If you're like Madonna, then you're properly mentally ill'
Metallica's Lars Ulrich attends Royal Blood show and takes them to Mrs Doubtfire's house
Roger Waters issues angry statement to confirm he does not appear on new Pink Floyd album
SXSW report suggests festival could impose ban on all unofficial events
Alt-J score Number Four album in America and announce Madison Square Garden show
First batch of Glastonbury festival tickets sell out in 14 minutes
Fleetwood Mac play full gig with Christine McVie for first time since 1997
Jamie T covers Townes Van Zandt's 'Waiting 'Round To Die' - listen
Eddie Vedder releases a cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine'
Cloud Nothings unveil 'New Here In' video – watch
45th anniversary release of 'The Velvet Underground' to include previously unreleased LP
Prince performs alongside Kendrick Lamar to mark double album release
Ryan Adams covers Foreigner's 'I Want To Know What Love Is' - listen
Stevie Nicks shares new song 'Mabel Normand'

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today