A well-known chocolate brand has got consumers in a tizz after it released a casting call for its Christmas advertising campaign and specified no kids with red hair or fat children.

Milka, a Chocolate company based in Switzerland, sparked outrage with the rather odd wording of their casting call, as reported in news.com.au.

The company was looking for a child to play the character of “Mia”, who should apparently love David Bowie songs and want to help endangered sloths.

But the call-out also made it clear that “no children over 4ft 4ins” should apply. The child should be “beautiful and angelic” and have “soft hair”. “She can be aged 9-12,” it stipulated. But added that “if she is 12 she must be very small and still be childlike.”

The bizarre casting notice was shared on Twitter by Helen Raw, who tweeted, “Just look at this casting wording for a 9-11 YEAR OLD!!”

To add to the list of stringent requirements, Mia needs to be “SWEET AND INNOCENT. STILL A LITTLE GIRL”, and applicants who had already started puberty would not be accepted.

The ad also noted that “eye colour and hair colour are not important but no red hair”.

The ad sparked outrage and attracted attention worldwide, including comedian Kathy Burke and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson who have slammed the post.

“Imagine being the kids that don’t get the job — you’re just not beautiful enough I’m afraid, my darling, now off you pop and be riddled with insecurities for the rest of your life,” Burke said.


Apologies All Round

Spotlight UK, the platform which hosted the advert, has since issued an apology.

“On Thursday, one of the casting directors who use Spotlight’s platform published a casting call — or a ‘breakdown’ as they’re known in the trade — on our platform which absolutely did not meet our high standards but nevertheless slipped through the net,” it said.

“Breakdowns like this are, quite simply, totally unacceptable, and we should never have allowed it to be published.

We’re committed to giving all Spotlight members the very best service we can, and that includes making sure that every single Spotlight member and casting director can feel that they’re treated with respect and dignity.

“On this occasion we failed to meet our own standards, and we’ll be conducting a full review to make sure we get it right in the future.

“We made a serious error, and we should have done much, much better. We’re sorry.”

Big-Time Back Track

Mondelez International, which makes Milka chocolate bars, spoke to The Daily Star Sunday, “We take our advertising responsibility very seriously, and this is not representative of the brief we shared with the casting agency and does not meet our high standards.

“We would never approve the use of such a notice and are urgently reviewing the situation with Spotlight UK to understand how and why it has happened.”

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  • I think they should ahve done a general casting but kept the finer details to themselves. They could always come out and walk around and say “yes” and “no”…. and dwindle the crowd down and work from there.


  • What a stupid advert to place for everyone to see. As if some kids aren’t suffering with body issues already now they are condemning you if you have red hair or a bit on the chubby side. This would certainly turn me off buying any of their chocolates


  • I’m sure they’re not the only company to be so specific in their recruitment?


  • What an outrageous stance to take. Shocking.


  • What an absolutel joke. It is wrong on so many levels and I can’t believe in this day and age it even made it to print… unless it was a joke of all the politically incorrect things you cannot and should not say.


  • Discrimination is not good. Everyone deserves the same chance.


  • I want to know why they are saying “no red heads@ Do they think they can’t do their hair the same as others. Sometimes their skin tends to be a bit paler than those with different coloured hair. Hair colour reeks of discrimination. Do they think they have no talent or capabilities??


  • That’s a bit harsh! I wouldn’t really want my child to represent a company with those opinions anyways!


  • All in all, it is pretty disgraceful.


  • Strange request. I suppose the advertising department has an image in mind but in reality the expectation is far too high. They need to be [practical with their advertisements I mean honestly who was the ad going to target with that type of marketing.


  • So a child that doesn’t exist and has never eaten chocolate!


  • interesting read


  • Casting always requires “Certain” looks so this doesn’t really surprise me. They’re trying to show a certain look which isn’t great but it’s what the advertiser may have wanted.

    • I imagine there would have been a brief with particulars requested.


  • Casting seems like a tough process and this does not surprise me.


  • I don’t think it’s so unusual to look for a certain type / personality, but it’s the question if they should verbalize this to the public.


  • Is it wrong that I think this is funny ?! haha

    • Nah don’t think it’s wrong, sometimes you just have to laugh about these things.


  • Yes this is OTT but them they are looking for a certain person. They fail to say no males either.


  • Eye colour not important but then says big brown eyes???


  • why should they apologise for casting the look they were going for? Will they apologise when they specifically want a red head to the kids that aren’t? If you want your child in this industry then they need to get used to rejection


  • I thought Swiss people were into equality, even if they did not want a red head or fat kid, maybe not actually say it because this is going to reflect onto those kids who are red head and fat and now think they are not worthy.


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