Anjelika Washington reveals producers gave her a white stunt double in blackface during one of her first major roles https://t.co/4zULe38hbW— Variety (@Variety) July 18, 2020
Anjelika Washington has revealed a previous show gave her a white stunt double in blackface.
She doesn’t reveal on which show it occurred, but it happened in LA in 2017 on her fourth job as an actor.
The Go90 series “Versus” is listed as her fourth TV project and was also released in 2017.
She performed well enough in her action scenes that her stunt double wasn’t used.
“I was very uncomfortable so I spoke up for myself. I pulled one of our producers aside and asked ‘Why isn’t my stunt double Black like me? Isn’t that the point of a double? She responded ‘Sure. But we couldn’t find a Black stunt double in L.A. Los Angeles doesn’t have many Black stunt performers. But aren’t you happy to be working? You should be thankful to be here.'”
“There’s this oppressive thing that often happens when everyone and everything are ran by white people on sets (and in any industry) where they try to manipulate POC into just being GRATEFUL to be there. They do this to us because they know that they literally run the show. They feel like a savior for giving a young Black girl a role in their show, even though most times it’s just to check a box. They often don’t check to see if we are comfortable with what they are asking of us, they often call us unprofessional or a diva for advocating for ourselves, and most times they get away with paying us way less than our costars. This is why being inclusive and hiring POC in front of the camera and behind it is extremely imperative.”