90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Diversity In Top Hollywood Films Still Not Reflecting Population

A new study by the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism found that actors in 2013 lacked diversity. (palmasco/Flickr)

A new study by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism found that actors in 2013 lacked diversity. (palmasco/Flickr)

A new study by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism found that actors in 2013 lacked diversity.

Although last year’s box office included films like “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “12 Years a Slave,” casts in other films did not share the same ethnic diversity.

The study looked at 3,932 actors who had speaking roles in films, and found less than 5 percent were Hispanic, though Hispanic moviegoers bought 25 percent of all tickets, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.

Among the study’s findings:

A new study finds less than 5 percent of actors are Hispanic, and Hispanic women are most likely to be sexualized on screen. Pictured is a promotional poster image for "Machete Kills" with Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga and Michelle Rodriguez. (Open Road Films)

Hispanic women were most likely to be sexualized on screen, according to the study. Pictured is a promotional image for the action-comedy “Machete Kills” with Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga and Michelle Rodriguez. (Open Road Films)

“Just over a quarter (25.9%) of the 3,932 speaking characters evaluated were from
underrepresented racial/ethnic groups. A full 74.1% were White, 14.1% Black, 4.9% Hispanic, 4.4% Asian, 1.1% Middle Eastern, <1% American Indian or Alaskan Native, and 1.2% were from “other” races/ethnicities. No meaningful change has been observed in the frequency of any racial/ethnic group on screen in 600 popular films between 2007 and 2013.”

The study also found that Hispanic women were the most likely to be sexualized on screen.

Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with NPR’s TV critic Eric Deggans about the study findings and diversity in film.

Guest


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Spotlight

We now have a digital bookshelf! Explore all our books coverage or browse by genre.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

February 27 5 Comments

After Red Carpet Controversy, A Look At The History Of Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks go back "thousands and thousands of years," according to professor Bert Ashe, who also shares his own dreadlocks stories.

February 27 12 Comments

More Parents Say No To Standardized Testing

A growing number of parents and students are deciding to "opt out" of assessment tests.

February 26 35 Comments

That Political Bumper Sticker Could Cost You Your Job

In most states in the country, labor laws will not protect you from getting fired over a political bumper sticker.

February 26 3 Comments

Remote Mexican Villages Build Their Own Cell Networks

Thanks to cheaper technology, community organizers and computer hackers are bypassing the big cell companies.