Jeremy Tardy, who has been recurring on Netflix Dear white people, revealed in a Facebook post Friday that he will not be returning for the fourth and final season of the Lionsgate TV series “due to my experience with Lionsgate and their racial discrimination practices.” In response, Lionsgate called the deadlock that led to Tardy’s exit “a purely financial deal.”
In a lengthy post (you can read it below), Tardy recounted the events leading up to his departure, claiming that Lionsgate made him an offer to return for several episodes but refused to consider a counter offer. “This news was disturbing because one of my white colleagues – being a true ally ̵
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Tardy and six other recurring cast members then teamed up and collectively passed on the initial offer in an effort to negotiate better deals as a group. But the strategy failed when members of the bargaining unit made side deals with the firm “before the collective group received a fair and equitable negotiation process.”
As a result, Tardy was canceled from the series. He called in Lionsgate and Netflix to relocate a show focused on racial injustice, questioning corporate support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
“These companies have recently released statements and even donations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. I call their shameful practices of discrimination and racial inequality about the way they have historically underestimated and belittled people of color. Politically correct words and symbolic gestures do not absolve you of the daily responsibility of doing business fairly and equitably, “he wrote,” The fact that this happened behind the scenes of a show that purports to address systemic issues of racism and discrimination shows the epitome of hypocrisy. Lionsgate. Netflix. I see you. We see you. “
Lionsgate addressed Tardy’s allegations in a statement.
“This was a purely financial negotiation regarding the terms of the deal,” the company told Deadline. “Lionsgate is committed to equal treatment for all talent regardless of race, gender, age or sexual orientation. We are very proud of Dear white people and its place in the national conversation on racial equality and social justice and we can’t wait to start production on its 4th season.”
Netflix reps have referred to producer Lionsgate on the matter.
According to sources close to the production, the budget for season 4 has been increased significantly, with part of the increase going to recurring cast members who have been offered increases. Some of them accepted, others asked for more money, a standard negotiating tactic. All offers were reportedly approved by series creator Justin Simien, with the trading window closed when he had to start writing the final season. (Simien serves as EP / co-showrunner together Yvette Lee Bowser.)
Based on Simien’s acclaimed independent feature film, Dear white people is set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university, where racial tensions simmer just below the surface. The satirical series – which picked up where Sundance 2014 left off – follows a group of black students from Winchester University as they navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness (or lack thereof) and activism in the world. millennial age. .
Tardy played Kenyan student Rashid Bakr, an intelligent young man who speaks five languages. He is trying to find out what it means to be an African in America among African Americans. Tardy appeared in 11 episodes of Dear white peopleThe first three seasons, six in season 1, two in the second and three in the third.