Say what?!

You won’t believe why this talent agency refused to sign this actor

Everyone knows show business can be cutthroat. And rejection is all part of the game. But that doesn’t mean it’s always right.

Joseph Segal is a musician and performer from London. He recently applied for representation at a local talent agency but was turned down because it “already had a gay actor.”

Say what?!

In its rejection letter, the agency said: “We already have a gay actor on our books and also an actor/musician of the same age. So we feel there would be a clash. I’m unable to consider you at the moment.”

Segal shared the letter he received on Twitter, along with a scathing response:

Today I received this email from an #agent I am hurt and frustrated. Are all #gayactors the same? Do we not get cast? Are there not enough roles for us? If you can take the time to #RETWEEET please do and spread awareness! #LGBT #actor #ActorsLife  #casting @EquityUK


After the tweet went viral, the agency responded with an apology.

“We offer our sincerest of apologies to you and anyone else who may have taken offense,” it wrote. “When choosing clients we look at all aspects the artist brings to the table and at no point should we have commented on your sexuality.”

Well, apparently that wasn’t enough. Because, two days later, the agency was forced to close. Apparently, the other clients didn’t want to be associated with a homophobic organization and left in droves.

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