Kerry Washington Says She Got Fired From Two TV Shows For This Insane Reason


Unfortunately, Kerry Washington is all too familiar with the racism actors of color in Hollywood face.

In a video for Variety's "Actors on Actors" series, the 39-year-old star of "Scandal" sat down with comedian Aziz Ansari and spoke about her past experience with being typecast as a black woman.

Kerry told Aziz she had been fired twice from shows that wanted the actress to sound more stereotypically black.

She said,

Sadly she is far from the only minority in Hollywood to experience this.

Aziz Ansari also shared his feelings on his distaste for auditioning for the same reason.

He said,

Kerry also mentioned she is aware this happens to other minorities as well, such as her gay friends who are told to "be more effeminate."

Yikes. Get it together, Hollywood! You're letting Kerry Washington down.

Citations: Kerry Washington Reveals She Was Fired from 2 TV Pilots for Not Being 'Hood' Enough (PEOPLE), Kerry Washington Was Fired From Two TV Pilots for Not Being 'Hood' Enough (Variety)