Those that argue that political correctness and minorities have taken control of Hollywood and entertainment may have to re-think their arguments.
A new report from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has indicated that Hollywood has made no real progression in diversification over the past seven years says Deadline.
The study examined the one-hundred top-grossing films each year, from plot lines to casting and directing, with an emphasis on speaking roles. It tallied some 30,000 characters from the top-grossing films released during the seven-year frame. Amongst the facts garnered:
– Only 11% of the 700 films featured females in roughly half of all speaking parts, in fact 69.8% of characters were male – a gender ratio of 2.3 men to 1 woman.
– In 2014 alone, 17 of the Top 100 had no black or African-American actors, over 40 had no Asians, only 21 had a female lead or co-lead, and none had a transgender character. 73.1% of all speaking or named characters were white.
– Also in 2014 alone, only 15.8% of content creators (ie. directors, writers, producers) were women, only 1.9% were female directors, and only 4.7% of directors were black.
– Women are much more highly sexualized on screen or presented as eye candy. This includes characters in sexy attire (27.9% females/8% of males), referenced as attractive (12.6% females/3% males) and showing nudity (26.4% females/9.1% males).
– Gay characters are even less represented as of the 4,610 speaking characters across 700 films, only 19 of them (0.4%) were gay/lesbian or bisexual – almost one-tenth the actual percentile size of the gay population in the U.S. (3.8%) as of 2012.
– One noteworthy exception to all this is animated films where there’s been 25.4% more characters from under-represented racial and ethnic groups in 2014 than in 2007 – but most of that is attributable to one film – “The Book of Life”.