Kerry Washington Was Fired For Not Being ‘Hood & Urban’ Enough

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Hollywood is no stranger to stereotype casting. “Scandal’s” Kerry Washington recently shared stories about how has been stereotype cast in Hollywood. During a sit-down for Variety‘s fourth season of “Actors on Actors”, Kerry says,

Before ‘Scandal,’ I was actually cast in two other pilots. Both went to series, but I was fired and recast. For both, it was because they wanted me to sound more ‘girlfriend,’ more like ‘hood,’ more ‘urban.’

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Washington discovered that she is not alone. Some of her other actor friends have had similar experiences.

I’ve had friends of mine say like they’re tired of ‘gayface’ and I was like, ‘What’s gayface?’ They were like, ‘It’s the gay version of blackface, like come in and be more effeminate”.

[Variety]

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Authored by: Kellie Williams