Hollywood still seems to be an industry that talks a big game and has nothing to back it up with. Are we really surprised though?
According to a new study from Professor Stacy L. Smith and the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism that appeared on Deadline, inclusion in today's top performing movies is pretty much non-existent. The study reveals that women, the LGBT community, people with disabilities, and racial/ethnic minorities are not as omnipresent as they deserve to be and should be in mainstream films.
The study revealed that only 30.6 percent of speaking parts in films were filled by women from 2007 to 2017, while less than 1 percent of all characters were from the LGBTQIA community. The study, conducted from an investigation that examined 48,757 characters in the 1,100 top films from the last decade, went on to reveal that 43 films did not have an African American woman, while 65 lacked an Asian or an Asian-American women. This pattern is also reflected across the directorial board. Of the mental makeup of the 1,123 directors surveyed over 11 years, only 4.3 percent were women, 5.2 percent were Black or African American and only 3.1 percent were Asian or Asian American.
"Once again, we see that women of color are most affected by exclusionary hiring practices. Just four Black/African American women, three Asian women, and one Latina directed a film across the 1,100 we examined,” said Smith, who is also the Founding Director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. With the success of films of films such as A Wrinkle In Time, Get Out, Blindspotting, Sorry To Bother You, Hidden Figures and Black Panther, the upcoming release of Crazy Rich Asians, and the rise of directors like Dee Rees, Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler, hopefully inclusion across the board will become the norm.