A casting call for a forthcoming Quentin Tarantino-produced movie is drawing controversy for its inclusion of the word "whores." The project, a Western set to shoot June in Los Angeles, issued a call through an LA-based casting agency Friday requesting "whores for Quentin Tarantino project." Though the casting call has since been deleted, Women and Hollywood caught a screengrab:
The agency, though not identified by Women and Hollywood, has since revealed the word "whores" came "directly from the script," a script the agency says was penned by a woman. Tarantino's IMDb page doesn't currently list any any upcoming producer projects.
As noted in Women and Hollywood's post, the casting agency could have easily avoided the controversy by simply replacing the word "whore" with something packed with less baggage:
"It would've been just as easy to have said that the project was looking for actresses to play prostitutes, saloon girls, or brothel workers but the use of the word 'whore' to describe these roles is degrading and the fact that casting announcements frequently use the word is indicative of an ongoing problem in the film industry."
Though Tarantino hasn't publicly confirmed what his next directorial project will be, the Weinstein Company recently bought global rights to the forthcoming 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino. Variety reported the film, a documentary chronicling the director's career, features interviews with "frequent collaborators" including Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Lucy Liu, and more.
Reps for Tarantino did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment.