Casting Company Apologizes for Offensive 'Straight Outta Compton' Casting Call

Straight Outta Compton
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Universal Pictures announces the cast and filmmakers of Straight Outta Compton (clockwise, from top left): producer Ice Cube, director F. Gary Gray, producer Dr. Dre, Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E) and O’shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube).   

The company behind a casting call that caused an uproar is saying sorry.

In a casting call for the NWA biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” Sande Alessi Casting put out a call earlier this week seeking women in different categories.

It described "A girls" as "the hottest of the hottest" who could be of any ethnicity. It described "B girls" as "light-skinned," and "D girls" as African-American women who were "poor," in bad shape and with "medium to dark skin tone."

In a Facebook post Friday, Kristan Berona of Sande Alessi apologized.

“I would like to sincerely apologize for recently posting a casting announcement that used offensive language to recruit women for a film our agency is working on," she wrote. "My intention was not to offend anyone and I’m deeply sorry for not realizing the insensitivity in its content.”

“Compton” studio Universal Pictures distanced itself from the casting call in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Universal Pictures and the filmmakers for ‘Straight Outta Compton’ did not approve and do not condone the information in this casting notice," the statement read.  "We regret and sincerely apologize for being in any way associated with the offensive descriptions it contained."

F. Gary Gray is directing the biopic about the groundbreaking rap group. Ice Cube 's son O'Shea Jackson Jr. will play the rapper in the film. It also stars Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, and Corey Hawkins, as Dr. Dre.

“Compton” is set to be released Aug. 14, 2015.

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