With this year’s high-profile movies “The Butler,” “42” and “12 Years a Slave” prominently featuring black actors, it may seem as though the multiplex is enjoying new levels of diversity. But popular films still under-represent minority characters and directors, and reflect certain biases in their portrayals, according to a study being released Wednesday by USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Researchers evaluated 500 top-grossing movies released at the U.S. box office between 2007 and 2012 and 20,000 speaking characters, finding patterns in the way different races, ethnicities and genders are depicted.
Latino women, the study found, are the demographic most likely to be shown nude or in sexy attire; black men are the group least likely to be portrayed in a committed relationship.
In 2012, the researchers found, 76.3% of all speaking characters in these movies were white; according to U.S. Census figures, 63% of the country is white, and according to the Motion Picture Assn. of America, 56% of movie ticket buyers are white. (Los Angeles Times)
Easy Related Posts
Hollywood’s diverse appearances can be deceiving
Conversations about diversity in entertainment are often premised on the idea that on-screen and off-screen ...read more
SiriusXM’s Joe Madison Achieves Historic Goal of 52-Hour Marathon Broadcast And Raises Funds for Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
SiriusXM’s Joe Madison achieved the historic goal of a 52-hour marathon broadcast he had set ...read more
Hollywood Needs a Black Superhero Fit for the Ferguson Era
In January, Alijah Villian's digital art project "Black Superheroes Reimagined" returned, in classic superhero fashion, ...read more
$20 billion lawsuit alleges Comcast discriminates against black-owned media
The National Association of African-American Owned Media filed a complaint alleging Comcast and Time Warner ...read more