Fired Creative Artists Agency literary agent Jay Baker apologized on Saturday for evaluating one in every of his colleagues, the supervisor Jewerl Ross, to a crack addict in a scene from “Menace 2 Society.”
“I deeply regret my actions and the pain I have caused Jewerl Ross,” Baker, who was ousted from CAA on Friday, mentioned in an announcement to Deadline. “I have apologized to him, and I also want to apologize to anyone else whom my behavior has offended. I have no excuse and I take full responsibility. I am a work in progress and I’ve embarked on a journey to fully understand what it means to be truly anti-racist. I promise that my actions going forward will reflect that learning.”
According to an electronic mail obtained by Deadline, Ross — who’s Black — mentioned he was “horrified” after Baker mentioned Ross’ request for an early screening of an upcoming movie was like “the crack addict scene from ‘Menace 2 Society’” after which proceeded to ship Ross a clip of the precise scene for him to look at.
“No black man in America wants to think that a white person thinks that asking for a favor is like asking for crack,” Ross wrote within the electronic mail. “The first thing that crossed my mind is that if I were white and asked for a favor, would you ever have thought of this scene? And would you ever have sent it me?”
Ross didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
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