Source: Daily News
According to a study conducted by USC’s Annenberg School for Communication, the film industry continues to exclude women and people of color in movies.
Despite recent critically acclaimed films which featured diverse casts, the report indicates the movie industry is facing an “inclusion crisis” in which minorities, including LGBT or disabled characters, are not present within storylines.
Examining the 900 top-grossing films between the years of 2007 and 2016, researchers found that while female and minority characters are underrepresented, behind-the-scenes crews, including directors and writers, also lacked diversity.
Many critics have expressed concern that roles have been “white-washed” in which characters were written for a minority individual but were ultimately casted with a white actor.
“These findings reveal that the erasure of different groups is still acceptable to some– we need look no further than film to see a vision of America that no longer exists,” explained Stacy L. Smith, a professor at USC and lead author of the study.
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