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'Straight Outta Compton'

Casting Agency Admits Mistake

Not All Poor People Are Fat & Dark

7/17/2014 11:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0717-straight-outta-compton-UNIVERSAL-PICS-01The people behind the "Straight Outta Compton" movie say they're NOT just casting overweight, dark-skinned black girls to play "poor" people in the movie ... telling TMZ the casting ad was an "innocent mistake."

The ad went viral -- with the casting company inviting L.A.-based women to apply for one of several categories of extras that will be featured in the film.

The casting agency used an A, B, C, D scale to group the women. Here's the breakdown:

A) "Hottest of the hottest. Models" (open to women of any race)
B) "Fine ... Beyonce is a protoype here" (light-skinned women) 
C) African American girls ... Medium to light skinned with a weave
D) "These are African American girls. Poor, not in good shape. Medium to dark skin tone."

People were upset ... since the "D" group was the only group associated with an economic class -- "poor" -- and it was made up of only dark-skinned, out of shape black women. 

But we spoke with a rep for Sande Alessi Casting who tells us ... the ad was an "innocent mistake" -- and when it comes to casting the "poor" people, they're also looking for women of various skin tones and body types. 

As for people who claim the A,B,C,D grouping system was racist -- Sande Alessi Casting says it's the usual method they use to look for different types of people for any project and it wasn't meant to offend anyone.

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PopGlitch    

I hate when people say first.

63 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

Boy did you shorten the heck out of the category descriptions. They were very specific about Category A & B girls not having weave. A girls must be model material and can be of any race or length of hair. B girls had to be light skin black women with long real hair. All other races and dark skin black women were excluded from this category. Category C was for medium to light skinned black girls who do have weave. The only thin you got right was D.

63 days ago
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Minnetonka40    

I guess the truth hurts, right? People can't even admit the truth anymore.

63 days ago
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c    

Please...of course it wasn’t a mistake. That is exactly who they were looking for and I bet when the movie comes out that description will fit the people cast in those roles. But it’s their movie, they’re paying them, so they can cast who they want.

63 days ago
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static    

Straight outtta Compton to the discount bin at the dollar store.

63 days ago
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Sexy Stig    

What a bunch of BS that it was an innocent mistake. A typo is an innocent mistake not a full, finalized version of the casting outline. Own your stereotyping, POSs.

63 days ago
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Gerber wheeler    

Ice cube doesnt seem to age

63 days ago
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Na.na.na.na Booboo.....stick ya head in doodoo    

Racists at their best *grabs bag...off to gym*

63 days ago
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Kosher SAL    

When will the racist stuff stop TMZ. You guys are really bad jews

63 days ago
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tooshy20    

Of course the Beyonce light skin prototype. Black people are there own enemies Dark skin women are just as beautiful as any other race! And I'm Black

63 days ago
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HumanNature    

I WONDER HOW MANY WOMEN SHOWED UP FOR THIS RACIST CASTING AD??????

63 days ago
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Tmoe    

Tell Charles to shut the fck up, can't stand him!!! Do you have a sister at the house Charles, hell naw!!! Shut the hell up!!!

63 days ago
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eqloprtntyhtr    

According to the CDC, 80% of African American females are overweight or obese - the highest among sex / ethnicity groups.

Facts are not racist - they are what they are - facts:

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/12/african-american-women-have-highest-obesity-rate-cdc-says-82913.html

63 days ago
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Jim Deen    

Uhh, this is how agencies cast. TMZ should know this and every moron who is "shocked" by this "racist" behavior is just ignorant.

63 days ago
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Lucky_130    

The fat black girls who get hired as extras wont be complaining because they can just sit next to the craft service cart and pig out all day on sodas and buritos, and beef jerky, and chips...

63 days ago
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