Hollywood is as white, straight and male as ever, writes
Maya Salam in the New York Times. Salam, a journalist and self-described “entertainment junkie,” pens her piece from the vantage point of a concerned consumer of culture. She uses a new report
from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism to showcase the lack of diversity in Hollywood. “Researchers found that of the top 100 films each year from 2007 to 2017 (that’s 1,100 films in total), representation of women, people of color, L.G.B.T.Q. people and the disabled has remained overwhelmingly stagnant: Women have never accounted for more than 33 percent of speaking roles in a given year,” Salam writes. According to a 2018 PRRI report
, a majority of young people (age 15-24) say that the news media portrays black people (66 percent), transgender people (61 percent), Hispanic people (59 percent), and gay and lesbian people (55 percent) in a way that promotes negative stereotypes. In contrast, a slim majority (54 percent) of young people say women are given fair and accurate representation by the entertainment industry.