Hollywood is too white, too straight and too male. Year after year, studies keep showing this trend, and now, there’s another one that goes into even more detail about the lack of representation of various minority groups in media.
Researchers from the Media, Diversity, & Social Change (MDSC) Initiative at USC Annenberg this month released a report showing just how bad things are, from the unacceptable sexualization of girls in movies to the virtual absence of characters with disabilities.
A few snapshots: When it comes to speaking characters, the ratio of men to women in films is about 2.3 to 1. In the top 100 films of 2015, there were only 32 LGBT characters (and only 18 films had an LGBT character at all). Nearly three-quarters of all the speaking characters in the films were white. And only 2.4% of speaking characters in the top films were depicted with a disability.
Yikes. We have so much work to do.