Clueless Casting Director’s Casting Call Ad Tells Us All We Need To Know About Racism And Colorism

Clueless Casting Director's Casting Call Ad Tells Us All We Need To Know About Racism And Colorism

I previously wrote a piece for The Frisky that briefly detailed the racism I discovered while working on a research thesis on prostitution in New York City. I explained to readers that in the sex work industry, White, Asian and Hispanic women receive higher payments than their Black counterparts and often times, many Black women are blatantly discriminated against. I also stated that the racist reality Black women face in sex work simply offers a glimpse into the world of racism that women of color face daily, in mainstream society. Many rushed to criticize that piece, claiming that such disparities in pay are as a result of “individual preference,” not because of racism, since we are after-all, “post-racial.”

However, as I stated previously, sometimes racism rears its head in such an ugly way that it can no longer be denied. Such an instant arose recently when Sande Alessi, a White female casting director posted this casting call (which has since been removed) or a new upcoming film “Straight Outta Compton.” The ad read:

SAG OR NON UNION CASTING NOTICE FOR FEMALES-ALL ETHNICITIES- from the late 80′s. 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. Keep reading »

Jason Biggs Apologizes For MH17 Crash Jokes

  • “Orange Is The New Black” actor Jason Biggs apologized for tweeting jokes about yesterday’s Malaysian Airlines crash — which he got immediately defensive about when followers told him it was too soon to crack wise about the deaths of nearly 300 people, including 80 children. Biggs deleted his offending tweets, explaining, “I simply understand that my comments might have come off as insensitive and ill-timed.” Ya think? [US Weekly]
  • Tina Fey remembered her “30 Rock” co-star Elaine Stritch, who played Alec Baldwin’s formidable mom on the show and died yesterday at 89. [People] Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: IDGAF If You Say I Look “Like A Tranny”

Frisky Rant: IDGAF If You Say I Look "Like a Tranny"

I’ve wondered for a long time if maybe I have higher levels of testosterone than other women, because there’s always been a lot about me that is just distinctly un-feminine (in the sort of standard way of looking at masculinity and femininity). I don’t want to state any facts about testosterone because I am not an endocrinologist and I don’t want to engage in pseudo-science, but suffice it to say that when I hear the experiences of transmen who have undergone hormone therapy I’ve related to the differences they observe. And, in fact, I’ve always had an easier time relating to and making friends with men. Keep reading »

Oh My God I Love Your Hair: Braid-Hawk

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Shonda Rhimes Has Already Decided When “Scandal” Will End

  • Shonda Rhimes said ”Scandal” has an expiration date and it will come sooner than we thought. “I think there’s only so much ‘Scandal’ you can tell satisfactorily,” the showrunner told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s not a 10-season or eight-season show. I’ve already decided how long that is and what that’s going to be.” Bummer. [THR]
  • Kourtney Kardashian’s baby daddy Scott Disick was secretly hospitalized for alcohol poisoning last month. [TMZ]
  • Uh oh: Matt Lauer was spotted in the Hamptons with a “smoking hot blonde” ladyfriend who was most definitely not his wife. This news comes from the ever-questionable National Enquirer, so there’s still an excuse to hold out hope that he’s not a cheating-faced cheater. [Jezebel]
  • Jason Biggs tweeted some icky jokes about the Malaysian Airlines plane that crashed this morning, and then got super defensive when people called him an asshole. Ugh. [Mediaite] Keep reading »

Study Finds That Owning A Dog Makes You Act 10 Years Younger

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In case we didn’t have enough reasons already to love the dogs in our lives [Hi Lucca! -- Amelia], science has found that dog owners’ physical activity is the equivalent to someone roughly 10 years younger. A study published in the journal Preventative Medicine took a look at the lives of 547 elderly people (their average age was 79) living within 60 miles of each other. The participants who had dogs experienced notably lower levels of anxiety and depression, and it was also found that dog owners’ pups had a tendency to encourage them to include physical activity in their day that they otherwise would have skipped. The daily exercise prompted by the doggies can lead to a whole slew of secondary health boosts like a stronger immune system and healthier bones and muscles.

The dogs assisted their elderly humans in overcoming obstacles like bad weather, worries over personal safety, and lack of social support that can keep people cooped up and sedentary. Dog-walking in around the neighborhood was also thought to help study participants stay more socially active by offering them a means of meeting others in their community. Keep reading »

Here’s A Fundraiser For That Mom Who Was Arrested For Letting Her Daughter Play Outside

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  • A fundraiser on YouCaring.com is collecting donations for Debra Harrell, a South Carolina mom who was arrested for “child abandonment” because her nine-year-old daughter was playing alone at a park while Harrell was at her job. As of right now, the fund has blasted past the $10K goal and is only growing higher. [YouCaring]
  • Meet the Detroit assistant prosecutor who has pushed for over 3,000 abandoned rape kits to be tested. The vital DNA evidence collected in rape kits can, and has, caught dozens of serial rapists. [TIME]
  • Mia Henderson, a Black trans woman, was found beaten to death in Baltimore. The 26-year-old was the sister of Los Angeles Clippers player Reggie Bullock. [Queerty]
  • Rep. Todd Akin says “a number of people” on his staff were “conceived by rape,” which is interesting, considering he was the one who said rape makes the body “shut down” so you don’t get pregnant. [Slate] Keep reading »

Did Size Discrimination Get This Woman Kicked Off Instagram? (Hint: Probably)

Samm Newman, a 19-year-old college student, was shocked when she found out her Instagram account had been removed for “violating community guidelines.” A photo she posted of herself in her bra and underwear (which adheres to Instagram’s rules against nudity) was flagged by users as inappropriate. Newman told NBC4i, “I’ve seen [lingerie] pictures like that all over Instagram.” Newman is a size 24 and suspects that size discrimination is the reason action was taken against her account while many thinner women continue to post as many bra selfies as they want. It would hardly be the first time Instagram has booted a plus-size lady’s account for simply posting images of her body. Keep reading »

Study: Women In STEM Careers Are Facing Sexual Harassment During Fieldwork

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As tough as it can sometimes be to foster young women’s interest in the science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) fields, an even greater struggle awaits once they begin a career there. According to a new paper published in the journal PLOS ONE called “Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE): Trainees Report Harassment and Assault,” women in the STEM fields are likely to face sexual harassment by their superiors while doing fieldwork, especially in the most formative years of their careers. Keep reading »

Must Haves: 10 Edgy Pairs Of Front-Back Earrings

Ever since Emma Watson showed up to the Golden Globes in January wearing Dior’s asymmetrical double pearl earrings, I’ve been dying to find a similar pair of front-back earrings. Basically, front-back earrings are when the back of the earring — what would normally be a boring post — is actually a decorative part of the earring. Many of them mimic the look of tunnel earrings without the stretched out piercing hole. Sometimes front-back earrings are even two pairs of earrings in one. When I went to Paris in May, I stumbled upon a little jewelry shop that was selling a pair similar to but decidedly more affordable than the Dior earrings, but the smaller pearls could also be worn separately as plain ol’ studs. So cool! Click through for 10 pairs of front-back earrings I’m totally loving…

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