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Universal Pictures Speaks Out Against Offensive Casting Call

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By Sandy Cohen

LOS ANGELES — Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film.

The company said in a statement that “the filmmakers … 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.”

Sande Alessi Casting posted an open call that sought women in four categories. “A girls” were described as “the hottest of the hottest” and could be of any ethnicity. “B girls” were to be “light-skinned,” whereas “D girls” were “African-American… Poor, not in good shape. Medium to dark skin tone.”

The casting company has since removed the announcement from its Facebook page.

A woman who answered the phone at Sande Alessi Casting declined comment and would not identify herself.
Universal has not said if it is still working with the casting company.

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