Jeremy Tardy, a recurring actor on the Lionsgate-produced Netflix collection “Dear White People,” introduced on Twitter that he wouldn’t be returning to the show, and alleged that the studio discriminated towards him throughout pay negotiations. Lionsgate has denied the claims, calling it “a purely monetary matter.”
“After being supplied to return for a number of episodes my crew was notified that our counter provide wouldn’t be thought-about and that the preliminary provide was the ‘finest and last,’” he tweeted. “This information was disturbing as a result of certainly one of my white colleagues — being a real ally — revealed that they too had acquired the identical preliminary provide and had efficiently negotiated a counter provide.”
Tardy, who performed the character of Rashid Bakr throughout 11 episodes, stated that his crew had introduced up the problem to Lionsgate, alleging that the studio allowed a white actor to barter whereas remaining agency on its provide to Tardy. He stated that he and 6 recurring forged members then collectively handed on Lionsgate’s preliminary gives “to face on precept as a result of this isn’t merely a financial matter.”
Tardy went on to say that the group was “undermined with aspect deal gives and lack of transparency,” and that these techniques led to sure actors “taking offers earlier than the collective group acquired a good and equitable negotiation course of.”
A Lionsgate spokesperson responded that it “was a purely monetary negotiation concerning deal phrases. Lionsgate is dedicated to equal therapy for all expertise no matter race, gender, age or sexual orientation. We are very pleased with Dear White People and its place within the nationwide dialog about racial equality and social justice and we sit up for starting manufacturing on its 4th season.”
Netflix referred all inquiries on the matter to Lionsgate. “Dear White People” is slated to return for a fourth and last season at Netflix.
Tardy’s full Twitter thread, outlining the allegations, might be learn under.