To say that the upcoming NWA biopic “Straight Outta Compton” will deal with some fairly adult issues involving racism and sexism is like saying the new Kevin James film will feature frequent acts of idiocy – it is kind of a given.
Amusingly, ‘Compton’ has already drawn criticism for an external agency’s casting call that, unsurprisingly, was quickly pulled due to its rather awkward wording which was so specific and stereotyping as to be borderline racist and sexist.
Gawker has posted up a transcript of said casting call by Sande Allesi Casting which asked for women between the ages of 18 and 30. Said women had to sort themselves into one of four categories based on two criteria – level of attractiveness and socioeconomic class – and in fact inferring that one is linked to the other.
The call asked for ‘A Girls’ who are “classy looking” models of all backgrounds with great bodies and real hair, and ‘B Girls’ who are “light-skinned fine girls, long natural hair, really nice bodies. Small waists, nice hips. Beyonce is a prototype here”.
There was also ‘C Girls’ who are “African American girls, medium to light skinned with a weave” and ‘D Girls’ who are “African American girls. Poor, not in good shape. Medium to dark skin tone. Character types.”
It’s obvious the filmmakers are trying to find both women who look they could have lived in South Central during the time of the band’s formation, and models for scenes involving the band having become successful and hanging out at parties with models. Even so, the wording and ordering here is a little unfortunate and has already drawn criticism from a few corners.