“There were fewer actors from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group in a major role in 2022 than in 2021.”
So basically, academia is telling Hollywood they’re still not woke enough as major movies flop left and right. This is hilarious.
The College Fix reports:
USC study: Hollywood still has a lot of work to do in the ‘inclusion’ realm
A new study out of USC’s (appropriately named) Annenberg Inclusion Initiative concludes that Hollywood still has a lot of work to do when it comes to inclusion.
The study looked at the demographics of speaking roles in films from 2007 to 2022 (“with a particular focus on the most popular films of last year”), as well as those of “behind-the-scenes” jobs associated with the movie industry, NPR reports.
Annenberg Inclusion Initiative founder Stacy Smith (pictured), who is “the foremost disrupter of inequality in the entertainment industry” according to her faculty bio, said big movie studios such as Paramount, Universal and Disney “need to reimagine the way that they’re doing business to represent the world around them, and that’s currently not the status quo.”
Smith said studios need to “stop being performative” in their inclusion efforts: “They need to work with experts and work aggressively to change hiring practices, auditioning practices, and who their casting directors are.”
The study found that a mere 15 percent of last year’s top 100 films “featured a gender-balanced cast,” and just one featured non-binary character.
There were fewer actors from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group in a major role in 2022 than in 2021. The report showed only around 2% of speaking characters in the top films of 2022 were LGBTQ+ — “a percentage that has not changed meaningfully since 2014,” USC’s report summary noted. The percentage of characters with disabilities was even smaller.
Behind the scenes, the report paints an equally pessimistic picture. “A total of 88 individual women have directed a top-grossing movie over the last 16 years, compared to 833 men,” the report summary stated. There has been no major uptick in the percentage of women-identifying screenwriters (16%) and producers (27%) over the past couple of years. In terms of the ethnicity and race of movie directors, the field is still heavily dominated by white men. Women of color comprised less than 2% of directors across all 1,600 films.
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