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USC report slams Hollywood's lack of diversity

DIVERSITY PROBLEM: Hollywood (Photo credit: Thomas Wolf, www.foto-tw.de)

AFTER REVIEWING the top 100 films of each year from 2007 to 2017, a USC report — titled Inequality in 1,100 Popular Films: Examining Portrayals of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, LGBT & Disability — found that female, minority, LGBTQ and handicapped representation hasn't changed much in the past 11 years.

USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative discovered that female speaking roles averaged out to 30.6 percent of the 48,757 total and last year, women and girls were allowed to talk in 31.8 percent (up .3 percent from 2016 and down from the highest percentages in the survey’s history, 32.8 in both 2008 an ’09).

Additionally, 70.7 of the characters in last year’s films were white, and only 2.5 percent were depicted with a disability and 81 of the top 100 movies had no LGB characters.

“Those expecting a banner year for inclusion will be disappointed,” Stacy L. Smith, founding director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, said in a press release accompanying the report.

“Hollywood has yet to move from talking about inclusion to meaningfully increasing on-screen representation for women, people of colour, the LGBT community, or individuals with disabilities.”

“The lack of inclusion on screen is matched and exceeded by the exclusion behind the camera,” Smith added.

As the report ends with 2017, this year’s record-breaking, black-and-female-inclusive Black Panther did not figure into the calculations.

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