Jeremy Tardy Exits ‘Dear White People’ Amid Bias Claims

Written by on September 12, 2020

Jeremy Tardy took to Fb on Friday (September 11) to announce he wouldn’t be returning for his recurring position on Netflix’s Pricey White Individuals, charging this system producers with racial discrimination.

Within the prolonged put up, Tardy accused Lionsgate-TV, who produces this system, of creating him a suggestion to return for a number of episodes, however failing to think about a counteroffer, amongst different issues.

“This information was disturbing as a result of one in all my white colleagues — being a real ally — revealed that they too had obtained the identical preliminary provide and had efficiently negotiated a counteroffer,” he wrote.

Tardy says that he and 6 different castmates banned collectively as a way to collectively management negotiations, nevertheless the plan backfired when among the members began making aspect offers with the studio. In consequence, Tardy was written off the sequence, he claims.

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In consequence, Tardy questioned Lionsgate and Netflix’s dedication to the Black Lives Matter motion and one of many central conceits of Pricey White Individuals, which focuses on racial injustice.

“These firms have not too long ago launched statements and even donations in assist of the Black Lives Matter motion,” he wrote in his Fb put up. “I’m calling out their shameful practices of discrimination and racial inequality with regard to how they’ve traditionally undervalued and lowballed individuals of shade. Politically appropriate lip service and symbolic gestures don’t absolve you of the each day accountability of doing enterprise in a good and equitable method.”

Tardy continues: “The truth that this has occurred behind the scenes of a present which purports to deal with systemic problems with racism and discrimination shows the very epitome of hypocrisy. Lionsgate. Netflix. I see you. We see you.”

Lionsgate has since addressed Tardy’s accusations in an announcement, and denies that racism performed any half in contract negotiations.

“This was a purely monetary negotiation relating to deal phrases,” the corporate tells Deadline. “Lionsgate is dedicated to equal remedy for all expertise no matter race, gender, age or sexual orientation. We’re very happy with Pricey White Individuals and its place within the nationwide dialog about racial equality and social justice and we stay up for starting manufacturing on its 4th season.”

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