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JET Talks to Agency Under Fire for Casting Call

Although the lead characters for the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton have been cast, the production is still looking for an array of actors to join the team. But one agency is in hot water after posting a controversial casting call that left many raising their eyebrows.

Sande Alessi Casting Agency uploaded several notices on its website, Twitter and Facebook pages in search of various women for the upcoming film.

In the announcements, the company used language like “hottest of the hot,” “Beyoncé prototype” and “poor, not in good shape” to detail the skin tone and body types of the ladies required. The letters “A,” “B,” “C,” and “D” were also included to categorize each description.

Despite the suggestive terminology, the company, which has done casting for movies including Fast & the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift and Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It,’ insists it didn’t intend to be offensive during an interview with JET.

“It was just an unfortunate mistake in the lettering that has caused us backlash,” Kristan Berona, co-owner of the agency, told JET. “It was in no means intended to be offensive to anybody in a million years.”

Berona, who assigned the letters, also mentioned that the agency has released other notices that used lettering all the way up to “Z.” It helps filter the submissions in order to conduct callbacks, she said.

“It is not by any means a ranking of ‘A’ is better than ‘B.’ There are notices for hot girls that are the letters ‘G’ and ‘H,'” she explained.

Since the uproar, the casting calls have been removed. And although Berona is unsure if the letters will be rewritten, she did note that the company plans to change its wording.

“We obviously don’t want to leave anything up that’s offensive to people…I’m obviously going to use a different system now,” she said.

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