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Jake Bugg, the 20-year-old singer/songwriter whose debut album was called “a small revelation” by Rolling Stone, is looking to cross over to American audiences. Back in 2012 Bugg became the youngest male artist to score a number-one album in the UK, but it remains to be seen if he can replicate his success in the U.S. To help his cause, Bugg is currently touring the States and his label, Island/Def Jam, is gearing up to shoot his next video.

Which brings us to the curious casting call, which asks for a “heavyset” Black or Hispanic woman to fill the non-union role of the maid, while requesting dark-haired beauties, and perhaps blondes or redheads, apply for the role of the singer’s girlfriend.

Here’s the casting notice via ProjectCasting.com:

NYC – Music Video – JAKE BUGG – DEF JAM
Shoots Sunday, March 23
booking by pictures, submit pic and contact asap to:
[email protected] il.com
read all roles and their rates below:
SAG talents only:
MUSICIAN
Lead Male – – musician build; age 18-24; brunette; Caucasian.
Rate: $250
GIRLFRIEND
Lead Female – Musician’s model girlfriend; age 18-22;
dark hair preferably but open to blonde, redhead, etc.
even possible Asian, African-American background.
Rate: $250
————————————
NON-UNION Talents
HOTEL MAID
age 30+; heavy set; African-American, Hispanic etc.
Rate: $100
PAPARAZZI
Male/Female – open to all shapes and sizes, ethnic backgrounds,
etc. Would like to cast at least two (2) females
(would obviously be a plus if they actually have a
camera and flash and love to shoot…old school flash
cameras are a definite PLUS).
Rate: $100

While specifying race, age, and body type is standard practice for casting calls, it’s interesting that the role of the maid echoes the not-too-subtle stereotypes about domestic workers.

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  • G

    GIRLFRIEND
    Lead Female – Musician’s model girlfriend; age 18-22;
    dark hair preferably but open to blonde, redhead, etc.
    even possible Asian, African-American background.
    Rate: $250

    “possible Asian, African-American background.” Even possible . . . so glad they are open to trying different things!

    HOTEL MAID
    age 30+; heavy set; African-American, Hispanic etc.
    Rate: $100

    Why not just state the obvious, “if you have read the novel ‘Gone With The Wind’ or you have seen the film of the same name, this is exactly what we are looking for. Also if you have your own apron and hand wrap that would be a plus!”

    But as another poster stated, some poor, misguided soul, who is in need of a pay day will take this job!

  • ALM

    Ignore him and his attention seeking casting call

  • African Woman

    $250?? What Sista gone take that lousy payday? Besides back in the day a video model would make at least a grand!! No, thanks little Man.

  • Sharon Kirk

    Seeing Jake Bugg with a black girlfriend is like seeing Sushi served with cake. Come on. NO!