Rachel Bloom is fed up with sexist casting calls.
This past Wednesday, Bloom, the writer, co-creator and star of the TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” posted a casting call she stumbled across for a “lead actress” and “girly lovers.” The casting calls are disappointing, to say the least.
“I’m still on the email list for casting notices from Backstage,” Bloom wrote underneath the screenshot she posted to Instagram. “Here’s a little taste of what it’s like to be an actress searching for your next job.”
The casting calls state a preference for a woman “to play a variety of attractive girls” as well as a “conservative country girl that flirts up a storm with the lead in public.” Another one they’re looking for needs to play the part of a “party girl that hooks up with the lead.” Others simply express a need for “pretty faces.”
Yep. That’s real. And unfortunately sexist casting calls are nothing new. Casting calls for women tend to be overly sexual, fatphobic, stereotypical and often have little-to-no character depth.
In her perfect followup, Bloom highlighted the absurdity of these listings by creating sexist casting calls for her own show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” ― but targeted to the male characters.
“Darryl Whitefeather (20’s) Looking for 20’s to play 40’s. Must be strikingly tall, handsome and THIN,” Bloom wrote in screenshot she posted on Twitter. “He’s a piece of beef jerky that you dream about the night you’re fasting for Yom Kippur. Singing a plus.”
Read the rest of her genius casting calls below.
Well done, Rachel. Well done.