|RT | Jul 24, 2018|
Screenshots of emails sent to the would-be actors were posted on Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. Tour manager Andy Washington was among those who posted the call, which asked for candidates to “fill space” outside Number 10 as Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani meets the Tory leader.
Actors received an email by casting agency Extra People, which read: “This is NOT a film or TV production.”
I do movie etc extras work. Just received this from an agency I don't usually work with.— Andy ™🤠🎶🇪🇺 ☠︎ ⚓︎ ♲ (@andywash) July 23, 2018
They need a rent a crowd for the President of Qatar at Downing St @guardian@BBCNews@mrjamesobpic.twitter.com/xwd7XtzWzB
The agency, however, has since apologized “profusely” and “withdrawn” its involvement. According to the agency, they were contacted by PR company Neptune PR Ltd, asking for the company to recruit up 500 people who could prop up the demonstration.
Extra People has gotten cold feet and pulled out it seems. pic.twitter.com/17aXdSlVdu— .jonporter (@JonPorty) July 23, 2018
|Comment: Once you've been caught and exposed, an excuse must be created.|
“We have never or will never supply artistes for any event that could be deemed racist or xenophobic and regret that we have even been caught up.”
An unnamed Qatari diplomat pointed the finger at Qatar’s neighbors, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, who in June 2017 imposed an economic blockade on the Gulf country amid opposition to its foreign policy.
“The blockading countries have a long history of using paid protesters to try and discredit those who do not agree with their views,” said the Qatari diplomat, the Guardian reports.