Hollywood is notoriously white. You need only to watch the “Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color” series on YouTube to be reminded of this. But a team at USC was curious just how severe the imbalance was these days, after more than a century of filmmaking. So with the study Inequality in 700 Popular Films: Examining Portrayals of Gender, Race, & LGBT Status from 2007 to 2014, researchers found out just how white the silver screen can still be. What was their discovery?
Hollywood’s still very white.
And there you have it.
The study, as a whole, uncovers trends that are problematic; unsurprising to hear, but shocking to see, when you take hold of the numbers.
You’ll notice an unfavorable linear evolution of character race/ethnicity in the last few years. It’s not just who we see in theaters though. Directors were also unrepresented in 2014, given that less than 6 percent were black/African-American and less than 3% were Asian/Asian-American.
But the USC team went further with their breakdowns to learn…
Hollywood’s still straight.
Of the 4,610 speaking characters in 2014’s top 100 films:
4 were lesbian
10 were gay
5 were bisexual
0 were transgender
Hollywood’s still male.
If you’re wondering if behind-the-scenes is a stronger outing than on-screen, it’s not.
2 percent of directors were female
11 percent of writers were female
19 percent of producers were female
Read the USC report in full.