Universal distances itself from 'Compton' casting

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 18 at 6:04 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film.

The company said late Thursday it didn't approve and doesn't condone the announcement's content. Sande Alessi Casting posted an open call earlier this week that sought women in four categories. "A girls" were described as "the hottest of the hottest" and could be of any ethnicity, whereas "D girls" were "African-American... Poor, not in good shape. Medium to dark skin tone."

Universal called the descriptions "offensive" and said it regrets and apologizes for being associated in any way. Sande Alessi Casting declined comment.

Gawker.com quoted the casting call in an article Thursday. The casting company has since removed the announcement from its Facebook page.

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