John Legend denies seeking ‘out of shape’ Trump extras


John Legend took to Twitter Sunday night to refute a widely-reported claim he’d been looking for ‘out of shape’ extras to play Trump supporters in his new music video. 

According to a listing on Casting Networks in LA, the musician’s newest video required eight white men and women, 30-65 years old, who are ‘preferably out of shape.’  They would play protesters on a set of a political rally with a Black Lives Matter group playing the opposition.

The musician denied anything to do with the notice, tweeting: ‘This didn’t come from me or my team.’ 

Controversy:  John Legend is denying that he or his team posted a casting call for 'out of shape' actors who look like Trump supporters for his new music video

Controversy:  John Legend is denying that he or his team posted a casting call for 'out of shape' actors who look like Trump supporters for his new music video

Controversy:  John Legend is denying that he or his team posted a casting call for ‘out of shape’ actors who look like Trump supporters for his new music video

Publicly anti-Trump: The musician posted  a series of tweets Sunday night confirming he has a political scene in his new video but didn't post the casting notice

Publicly anti-Trump: The musician posted  a series of tweets Sunday night confirming he has a political scene in his new video but didn't post the casting notice

Publicly anti-Trump: The musician posted  a series of tweets Sunday night confirming he has a political scene in his new video but didn’t post the casting notice

Legend went on: ‘I still think Trump is awful and whoever voted for him did a disservice to the country. But I didn’t issue this casting call.’

He confirmed that he is set to shoot a music video with a political scene in it but emphasized ‘that casting notice wasn’t from our production at all.’

The Glory Oscar winner finished with: ‘Oh, and both sides of the political spectrum have their share of Americans of all shapes and sizes!’ 

Politics in the cross hairs: A listing on Casting Networks in L.A. sought eight white men and women, 30-65 years old, 'preferably out of shape'

Politics in the cross hairs: A listing on Casting Networks in L.A. sought eight white men and women, 30-65 years old, 'preferably out of shape'

Politics in the cross hairs: A listing on Casting Networks in L.A. sought eight white men and women, 30-65 years old, ‘preferably out of shape’

Legend, 38, is not afraid to speak his mind when it comes to politics, so there was little surprise whent he casting notice began to circulate online.

In an interview with Guardian on Sunday, the Beauty And The Beast singer said: ‘I think Trump is an embarrassment to the country.’

The singer – married to supermodel Chrissy Teigen who share one-year-old daughter Luna – pulled no punches.

‘When he is criticising something, he is usually projecting. So, he calls people liars because he is a liar. 

‘He talks about people being violent because he encourages violence,’ he continued.

Speaking his mind: In an interview with Guardian on Sunday, the Glory Oscar winner said: 'I think Trump is an embarrassment to the country'

Speaking his mind: In an interview with Guardian on Sunday, the Glory Oscar winner said: 'I think Trump is an embarrassment to the country'

Speaking his mind: In an interview with Guardian on Sunday, the Glory Oscar winner said: ‘I think Trump is an embarrassment to the country’

Real talk: The singer - married to supermodel Chrissy Teigen who share one-year-old daughter Luna - pulled no punches when speaking about Trump

Real talk: The singer - married to supermodel Chrissy Teigen who share one-year-old daughter Luna - pulled no punches when speaking about Trump

Real talk: The singer – married to supermodel Chrissy Teigen who share one-year-old daughter Luna – pulled no punches when speaking about Trump

 

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