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!!”

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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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  • 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.


  • I wouldn’t be taking my kids to this casting lol


  • The 12 year old must be child-like. Um they are a child at 12. Yeah and people who say to themselves oh that’s my child. Angelic and they love sloths and David Bowie.


  • Have you read any other casting briefs? A lot of them are unrealistic and offensive, particularly those for young women.


  • Seriously … such an in depth description of the ‘child to be’ …. a normal, beautiful child yes, not some perfect creation (which sounds OTT to me!).


  • Does seem a bit weird to me and sus


  • all that… that much for an advertisement!!


  • Honestly, this whole casting call just sounds super creepy and like the director is trying to live out some sick fantasy.


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