“Hollywood has a diversity problem. It’s something we’ve all been aware of and unfortunately just kinda deal with. There’s never been a formal study on how white and straight and male Hollywood is, until now.
USC’s Annenberg School recently revealed the findings of a study 8 years in the making that proves that Hollywood films are wildly underrepresented in the categories of women, minorities and LGBT individuals.
The study looked back on 700 films and 30,835 characters since 2007 and some of their findings include:
Only 30.2% of characters across all films were female.
In 2014, only three female leads were non-white.
In 2014, NO female leads were over the age of 45.
In 2014, only 12.5% of all on-screen characters were black, only 5.3% were Asian and 4.9% were Latino.
Although 3.5% of the population identifies as LGBT, just 0.4% of 2014’s film characters were gay, lesbian or bisexual.
Hopefully this study serves as a wake-up call to Hollywood that it’s time to make some much-needed changes to solve the obvious diversity problem. However, Hollywood actors have been making these exact same points for years…”