The Casting Call for “Straight Outta Compton” Is Straight Up Racist

The casting call for female extras in "Straight Outta Compton" contains some serious racially-charged language.

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Next August, Universal Pictures is planning on releasing a biopic on the N.W.A., a movie that will undoubtedly do very well at the box office and provide a unique look into the lives of one of hip hop’s most influential groups. Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and others will all be involved with the production, so we’re assuming it is going to be pretty true to events as they happened.

Casting is underway, and as is common practice Universal issued a casting call via an agency to solicit people to serve as extras in the movie. What isn’t common is the type of language and de facto “ranking” given to different ethnic groups.

Here is the casting call:

SAG OR NON UNION CASTING NOTICE FOR FEMALES-ALL ETHNICITIES- from the late 80's. Shoots on "Straight Outta Compton". Shoot date TBD. We are pulling photos for the director of featured extras. VERY IMPORTANT – You MUST live in the Los Angeles area (Orange County is fine too) to work on this show. DO NOT SUBMIT if you live out of the area. Nobody is going to be flying into LA to do extra work on this show - and don't tell me you are willing to fly in.

Do you think this is racist, or is it being overblown? It sure sounds awful to us, but let us know what you think in the comments.

[via Gawker]

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