Jeremy Tardy quits Dear White People, accuses production of racism
It was on his Twitter account that Jeremy Tardy announced that he was leaving Dear White People after three seasons. Recurring actor (he played in 11 of the 30 episodes in the series), he played the student Rashid Bakr since season 1. The actor revealed that he would not be back after the failure of negotiations concerning a salary increase during which Lionsgate which produces the series and Netflix would have shown ” discrimination ” according to him. Jeremy Tardy explains that he wanted to negotiate the offer made by the studio, which was refused to him, but he reveals that another actor of the same status as him but white would have succeeded in negotiating a salary increase. ” A white colleague of mine, a real ally, revealed to me that he received the same initial offer but was able to negotiate. My team raised this concern with Lionsgate and the producers maintained their position ” writes the actor on his official account.
In an attempt to reverse the trend, seven players would then have decided to negotiate together to stand up. ” However, our joint negotiation was discredited because of parallel offers and a lack of transparency. These tactics led to some accepting offers before the group could proceed to a fair negotiation. and fair, ”adds Jeremy Tardy.
Very angry, the actor directly targets Netflix and Lionsgate and ” their shameful practices of discrimination and racial inequalities “. ” The point is, this is happening behind the scenes of a series that purports to address the systemic issues of racism and discrimination and this is the embodiment of hypocrisy. (…) I see you. We see you. ” adds the actor.
Faced with these accusations, the production of Dear White People responded to a request from Entertainment Weekly magazine. Lionsgate denies any discrimination and refers to ” a purely financial negotiation “. ” Lionsgate is committed to giving all of its talents equal treatment regardless of race, gender, age or sexual orientation. We are proud of Dear White People and their place in conversations about racial equality and justice and we can not wait to launch the production of season 4 “can we read in this release. Netflix has not yet reacted.