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Straight Outta Compton casting call sparks controversy

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Casting call for Straight Outta Compton named racist and stereotypical

The casting call for Universal Pictures' Straight Outta Compton is out, and while the film has not even begun (it's set for release on Aug. 14, 2015), it's already sparked worldwide controversy for the allegedly racist nature of its casting call.

While the film is set to star Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, it may have hit a brick wall thanks to the casting call posted by Sande Alessi Casting that went out yesterday.

The company is looking for 'A', 'B', 'C' and 'D' girls and has described the girls that they are looking for in the groups as "the hottest of the hot," "fine girls, long natural hair, really nice bodies," "African American girls, medium- to light-skinned with a weave," and "African American girls. Poor, not in good shape."

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Whaaat? Many believe that this casting call is racially stereotyping and seriously offensive, as it's ranking women within a class structure. However, others believe that casting calls by nature are meant to be plainspoken and focus mainly on appearance, including skin tone, and this one is no different.

The full casting call reads:

"SAG OR NON-UNION CASTING NOTICE FOR FEMALES — ALL ETHNICITIES — from the late '80s. 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.

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"SAG OR NON-UNION FEMALES — PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR SPECIFIC BREAKDOWN. DO NOT EMAIL IN FOR MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY:

"A GIRLS: These are the hottest of the hottest. Models. MUST have real hair — no extensions, very classy looking, great bodies. You can be black, white, Asian, Hispanic, Mid-Eastern, or mixed race too. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: A GIRLS

"B GIRLS: These are fine girls, long natural hair, really nice bodies. Small waists, nice hips. You should be light-skinned. Beyoncé is a prototype here. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: B GIRLS

"C GIRLS: These are African American girls, medium- to light-skinned with a weave. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: C GIRLS

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"D GIRLS: These are African American girls. Poor, not in good shape. Medium to dark skin tone. Character types. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: D GIRLS"

Tell us what you think: Is the casting call inappropriate or not?

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