Jeremy Tardy will not be returning to the fourth season of Dear White People, which is made available to stream on the online streaming service providing platform, Netflix. He cited his experience with the Lionsgate production studio and he called it their practices ofo racial discrimination. However, Lionsgate has characterized in response regarding the terms of the deal, that it was a purely financial negotiation, and nothing more. Tardy has portrayed the role of Rashid Bakr in a total of 11 episodes over the first three seasons of the show.
68 Whiskey, which was recently cancelled, is also included in the TV credits of the actor. He gave the details in his Twitter and Facebook posts that he sought to counter the original offer of Lionsgate to make a return for the fourth season but was firmly rebuked. Tardy allied with six other recurring players to negotiate as a group upon learning that a white cast member had been successful in negotiating a bay pump. However, some of the partied got lured away to take the side deals.
Jeremy Tardy | What did the actor reveal about Lionsgate?
Jeremy Tardy said that unfortunately, he will not be joining the Dear White People for the fourth season due to his experience with Lionsgate and the racial discrimination that is practised there. After being offered to return for several episodes his team was notified that their counter offer would not be considered and that the initial offer was the best and final one. This news was disturbing because one of his white colleagues, being a true ally, revealed that they too had received the same initial offer and had successfully negotiated a counter offer.
Tardy’s team expressed this issue to Lionsgate and the producers maintained their position that the white actor was able to negotiate while Jeremy was not, regardless of his credits and experience.
These companies have recently released statements and even donations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Tardy called out their shameful practices of discrimination and racial inequality with regard to how they have historically undervalued and lowballed people of colour. Politically correct lip service and symbolic gestures do not absolve anyone of you of the daily responsibility of doing business in a fair and equitable manner.
Jeremy concluded his statement by saying, “Lionsgate. Netflix. I see you. We see you.”