Remember actor-comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s Super Bowl ad where he’s attempting to be the first owner of a flashy new Acura model that featured Jay Leno? It appears that the Black actor who played the salesman in the commercial was just the right shade of Negro for the job. According to an exclusive report from TMZ, had the actor been any darker of skin, he would not have gotten the part.
Seinfeld finds himself at the center of another racial controversy; this after TMZ reporters got hold of a casting call document (see next page) for the role of “African-American Car Dealer” that specifically states that actors going for the part must be “Nice looking, friendly. Not too dark. Will work with a MAJOR COMEDIAN.” Right, we’re scratching our heads on this one too. Did this actor have to have a clean criminal record and just one baby momma on top of that too?
The document came from the angry actor who didn’t get the part because he was a little too, ahem, Black, apparently. While this latest occurrence is nowhere close to Seinfeld’s former TV co-star Michael Richards’ racist tirade, you kinda get the feeling Ol’ Jerry is probably a little embarrassed by all this recent attention.
It’d be interesting to see how Acura fixes this fiasco. Anyone seen Wesley Snipes lately? That’s a dark skinned brother looking for work, for sure.
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