A new study shows no major progress in Hollywood.
The Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at USC gives us the receipts about the Whitewashed industry. This study looked at 10 major media companies which includes Disney, Hulu and Netflix. The results were not cute, in fact, no network or studio came out winning.
The study shows there's a huge disconnect between Hollywood and the country's racial population. As more cultures grow, the networks continue to stay behind in casting, directors, creating and producing content.
Let's look at the receipts:
In the 414 studied films and series, only a third of speaking characters were female, and only 28.3 percent were from minority groups — about 10 percent less than the makeup of the U.S. population. Characters 40 years or older skew heavily male across film and TV: 74.3 percent male to 25.7 percent female.There's more info and it isn't good.
Just 2 percent of speaking characters were LGBT-identified. Among the 11,306 speaking characters studied, only seven were transgendered (and four were from the same series).
"When we start to step back to see this larger ecology, I think we see a picture of exclusion," said Smith. "And it doesn't match the norms of the population of the United States."
Behind the camera, the discrepancy is even greater. Directors overall were 87 percent white. Broadcast TV directors (90.4 percent white) were the least diverse.
Just 15.2 percent of directors, 28.9 percent of writers and 22.6 percent of series creators were female. In film, the gender gap is greatest: Only 3.4 percent of the films studied were directed by women, and only two directors out of the 109 were black women: Ava DuVernay ("Selma") and Amma Asante ("Belle").
If you know my blog, I've posted about this before. I thought things were changing and moving forward, but it isn't. This whitewashing crap is hurting business and killing the creative process. This is why we continue to have shitty shows, remakes and boring concepts. They keep the same folks at the table, eating the same old food, drinking the same old drink. If Hollywood get their head out of their asses, maybe things would pick up. Maybe Hollywood could return to greatness. But until then, prepare for more mess on the screen.