Hollywood films failing to reflect diversity in U.S., study finds

Hollywood movies are under-representing non-white ethnic groups in the United States, according to a study. (Shutterstock)

Hollywood movies are under-representing non-white ethnic groups in the United States, according to a newly released study by the University of Southern California.

The research took into account the race/ethnicity of speaking characters across 100 of the top grossing films of 2013.

The study noted that just over a quarter of the 3,932 speaking characters evaluated were from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.

“A full 74.1 percent were White, 14.1 percent Black, 4.9 percent Hispanic, 4.4 percent Asian, 1.1 percent Middle Eastern, <1 percent American Indian or Alaskan Native, and 1.2 percent were from ‘other’ races/ethnicities,” according to the report.

Although director Steve McQueen became the first black director to win an Oscar in 2014, the study found that there were only 1.1 percent more black characters on the Hollywood big screen than in 2007.

However, the report noted that if a film had a black director, it was more likely to feature black actors.

“Adding diversity to the director's chair may influence what we see on screen,” the report said.

Despite the changing demographics of U.S. society, “films still portray a homogenized picture of the world,” the report stated.

The report also noted that “nudity or showing exposed skin between the mid chest and high upper thigh region varied by race/ethnicity.”

Hispanic females (37.5%) were more likely than females from all other races/ethnicities to be shown partially or fully naked on screen, according to the study.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42
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