a little diversity anyone?

Wednesday 17 February 2010

I came across this article about two weeks ago:
Vanity Fair’s “New Hollywood” issue completely lacks diversity

Basically, a Vanity Fair cover dedicated to new, young, Hollywood talent had a bunch of think, white women.  (See the link for a picture.)  This critique mentions a few women that could have been options to get some diversity (such as Precious star Gabourey Sidibe), and while that may be true, let’s put the blame where it really needs to go: Hollywood.

If you take a look at Hollywood and arrive at the conclusion that it’s a divers place, you must only be watching Madea movies (or other Tyler Perry fare), because that fact is, Hollywood is far from diverse.  Just take a look at this year’s Oscar race.  In the big four acting categories and directing, you have a predictable bunch: Morgan Freeman (Invictus), Penélope Cruz (Nine), and a trio from Precious (Sidibe, Mo’Nique, and Lee Daniels).
(For multiple lists on the diversity found in Academy Award nominations and winners, check out this list of lists on Wikipedia, including a list of black nominees and winners.)

But should I be so surprised?  TV and film have longs catered to white, middle-class America, and unless we as viewers demand something else, don’t expect much to change.