Jeremy Tardy, who appears on Netflix’s “Dear White People”, has announced that he is exiting the show citing “racial discrimination” as the reason for the move.
The 29-year-old Tardy appeared in the show’s first three seasons in varying capacities.
He announced On twitter on friday.
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“Unfortunately I won’t be able to join Netflix’s beloved white people for their fourth and final season due to my experience with Lionsgate and their practices of racial discrimination,” Tardy wrote in several tweets earlier. “After offering to return for several episodes my team was informed that our counter proposal would not be considered and that the initial offer was ‘the best and final’.”
Tardy said he refused to accept it because one of his white co-stars – a “true colleague,” as Tardy called him – had revealed that he was offered the same initial offer, but ” Were able to successfully negotiate a “counter offer” with the show’s production company Lionsgate.
Producers “maintained their position” in the case, Tardy said, insisting that they were not to be given a raise regardless of “credit and experience”.
Tardy said that he and several other actors held recurring positions on the show “Banded Together” in late August and declined their offers from Lionsgate.
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“Our stance was to move powerfully as a unit in the negotiation process and, more importantly, to stand on principle as it is not just a monetary matter,” the actor explained. “We were all aware of the infamous pay disparities between people of color and our white colleagues at the Netflix and Lionsgate shows; so this made it clearly clear.”
According to Tardy, “the movement was underpinned by side deal offers and lack of transparency, due to which some members of the group all received fair and equitable negotiations” before taking deals. ”
He continued: “These companies have recently issued statements and even made donations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. I’m calling them shameful practices of discrimination and racial inequality how they Historically colorless and vile people. ”
Tardy called statements and donations from such organizations “politically correct lip service and symbolic gestures”, adding that such behavior “does not take away from the duty to do business in a similar manner.”
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“The fact that it happened behind the scenes of a show that aims to address systemic issues of racism and discrimination is very much a symbol of hypocrisy.” “Lionsgate. Netflix. I watch you. We watch you.”
Netflix and Lionsgate did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Lionsgate, however, offered a statement to Entertainment Weekly, calling the rejection of Counterfire a “purely financial negotiation about the terms of the deal”.
“Lionsgate is committed to equal treatment for all talents regardless of race, gender, age or sexual orientation,” he continued. “We are very proud of the beloved white people and are in its place in the national conversation about racial equality and social justice and we look forward to starting production on its 4th season.”
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“Dear White People”, based on the 2014 film of the same name, follows a group of black students navigating their way through a predominantly white Ivy League college. Its fourth season will be its last.