‘No Monolid’: Asian Actors Slam Racist Casting Call for Chinese or Korean Kids, Mom
Asian celebrities are criticizing a casting call for a Chinese or Korean mother with a child or children who both/all must fit a set of criteria leaning on Western beauty standards.
The casting notice, which came from the New York City-based Paladino Casting, explicitly seeks talents who have “clean, white and pinky” skin with “no dots or circles,” as well as eyes that “although almond-shaped,” must not be “too down-turned” and not monolid.
Successful talents will star in a Kinder Joy commercial, which will start shooting on Oct. 17. The notice includes a slew of other physical requirements, as well as an active quarantine status.
The project will pay $500 “all-in” — including “fitting + one-day session + usage” — and a 10% agency fee. Possible renewals offer the same rate “per talent per each additional year all in.”
Asian actors Tamlyn Tomita, Leonard Wu, Lourdes Faberes and Rudy Martinez also called out Paladino Casting and Kinder Joy for the racist notice. Rodney To offered $500 to the successful talent to decline the project.
Rarely do we see such an egregious slip up from those that many of us would automatically assume is an ally (read: Hollywood = liberal). I’m sure it was an honest mistake. An honest, insidious mistake.#PaladinoCasting, please apologize. And please. Do better. https://t.co/NsgGBf85DT
Casting directors always give actors tips… but who gives them tips on anti-racism work? I see it all the time – a push for diversity but a preference for “bi-racial” which is usually code for lighter skin. This casting notice from @PaladinoCasting isn’t even code though 🤨. https://t.co/nQEIQcnzIW
To the woman they cast, I will pay u $500 to NOT do the gig. U and your children’s integrity, self-worth and identity are invaluable. This breakdown is despicable. And to @PaladinoCasting, & the advertisers, did it taste good when this piece of shit came out of your mouth?!🖕🏽🖕🏽🖕🏽 pic.twitter.com/RshrSMd5mf
Amid the backlash, Paladino Casting issued a statement acknowledging the racist notice and apologized to the acting community.
“Posting this as received without pushing back against the language it contained was an inexcusable oversight by all of us here,” a spokesperson, presumably owner Kristen Paladino, wrote. “What we are seeing is that this highlights a larger issue within the entertainment industry. I sincerely apologize to our community of actors for the fact that this was released as it was received.”
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