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Agency, Studio & Filmmakers Behind N.W.A. Biopic Release Statements on Casting Call Outrage

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 18, 2014 at 11:08AM

Sande Alessi Casting posted an open call earlier this week that sought women in four categories: “B girls” were to be “light-skinned,” “D girls” were “African American… Poor, not in good shape."
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Director F. Gary Gray (center, standing), along with Ice Cube, Dr Dre and the cast of "Straight Outta Compton"
Director F. Gary Gray (center, standing), along with Ice Cube, Dr Dre and the cast of "Straight Outta Compton"

Another update... this time, as expected, the casting agency has released its own statement on the matter, via its Facebook page. Here's what they had to say: 

  • This is Kristan from Sande Alessi Casting. 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. I'm truly so sorry.


This follows a Friday (July 18) statement released by the studio and filmmakers behind the project, which follows below.

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An update on yesterday's Universal Pictures N.W.A. biopic casting notice fiasco, which caused quite an uproar as you'd expect...

Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the project have released a statement on the casting notice, seemingly distancing themselves from it, stating that they "did not approve and do not condone the information" in the casting notice published by Sande Alessi Casting a couple of days ago, adding, "We regret and sincerely apologize for being in any way associated with the offensive descriptions it contained."

As noted in yesterday's post, the casting company has since removed the casting notice from its Facebook page. The agency hasn't yet released its own statement on the matter, although I'm sure one will come eventually. Or maybe not...

Also worth noting, Universal did not say whether or not it planned to continue working with Sande Alessi - an agency that's been handling some of the casting for the studio's N.W.A. project. There are still other casting announcements on the film posted on the agency's website and Facebook page.

If you missed all the excitement yesterday, click here to catch up!

This article is related to: F. Gary Gray, Will Packer, Ice Cube


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