In 2017, comedian Tiffany Haddish took the world by storm with her uproarious performance as Dina in box office juggernaut, Girls Trip. What followed was a historic hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, a starring role on the TBS sitcom The Last O.G. and many, many future film roles lined up.
However, despite her laurels, the Emmy winning comedian is not forgetting the barriers she overcame. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter for their annual Comedy Actress Roundtable, Haddish revealed the insidious and racist nature of casting that still persists in Hollywood.
The Tuca & Bertie star revealed that she would secretly record racist comments for casting directors during her audition gigs.
“You know what I’d do? I’d put my phone on voice memo and put it in my bag. I’d do the audition, walk out the room and leave my bag,” she said. “Then I’d come back and be like, ‘Oh, I forgot my purse in there.’”
What Haddish learned was that casting directors were pigeonholing her into archaic and racist stereotypes. “‘She is not as urban as I thought she’d be,’ or ‘She is so ghetto,’ ‘Her boobs aren’t big enough,'” Haddish said of the racist comments she procured from her recordings.
Haddish even revealed that a casting director even went as far to suggest that a role that she auditioned for be changed from Black to white.
Watch Haddish’s revealing interview below.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 29, 2019
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