A notice appeared on the Facebook page for a casting agency, announcing that Quentin Tarantino was seeking “whores” for his next project, a western that would begin shooting in late June.
The notice, which was flagged by the blog Women in Hollywood, read as follows:
Casting Whores for Quentin Tarantino project. Caucasian, non-union females, ages 18–35. Western film shoots June 21st-25th in Los Angeles. No highlights, natural eyebrows, natural breasts, natural hair color to be true to the period. Dress sizes 2–8. Please send photo, including sizes.
Applicants were asked to put the word “whore” in their subject line. Women in Hollywood wrote:
Putting a casting call out for, or including women in your script with the description of “whores,” is not OK. Nor is asking actresses to submit their photos and information for consideration with the subject line “Whore.” Aside from the fact that there are better words to use if one is looking to cast women who work in the sex industry, this description is actually a typical example of Hollywood sexism, particularly as it pertains to roles for women.
The notice was subsequently taken down. It’s unclear what the new film is. Tarantino is the writer and director, most recently, of the period western The Hateful Eight, which courted charges of misogyny.
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