New Delhi: According to the latest major diversity survey, a lot of women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are stated to be under the 'epidemic of invisibility' umbrella.
According to a report in The Guardian, US film and television production is experiencing an ongoing 'inclusion crisis'.
The report further suggests that Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California’s (USC) revealed that 87% of directors across 414 studied films and television shows were white.
Further statistics reveal that one third of speaking characters who studied films and television were female, and only 28.3% were from ethnic minority. Also, majority of older characters were male, with only 25.7% of those being females. Only 2% were identified as LGBT.
Report further qouted, ''Among the most damning statistics, only 3.4% of the 109 films released by major studios in 2014 were directed by women, and only two were black women.''
''When we turn to see where the problem is better or worse, the apex to this whole endeavour is: Everyone in film is failing, all of the companies investigated,” said Smith. “They’re impervious to change. But there are pockets of promise in television. There is a focus that change is possible. The very companies that are inclusive – Disney, CW, Hulu, Amazon to some degree – those companies, if they’re producing and distributing motion pictures, can do this. We now have evidence that they can, and they can thrive.''
It is also revealed that the diversity in Hollywood is under the scrutiny of after Oscars body the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences failed to nominate people of colour for acting awards for a second year in a row.
The commotion lead to Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tyrese Gibson and Michael Moore boycotting and protesting.