From #OscarsSoWhite to #BaftasSoWhite, it’s fairly well established that Hollywood still has something of a diversity problem.
As a recent study that highlighted this exact problem put it, “The film industry still functions as a straight, white, boy’s club”.
On the study, Vulture reports, “In an analysis of the 11,000 speaking parts that appeared in 2014 studio films and live-action scripted TV shows from the 2014–15 season, only one-third were female, and only 28 per cent were nonwhite.
“When female characters did appear, they were more than three times as likely as men to be sexualised. LGBT representation was even worse, with that community making up only 2 per cent of all speaking parts. Of those, only seven characters were trans — a minuscule .06 per cent, one-fifth as much as real-world estimates.”READ MORE: * Oscar nominations – the diversity is impressive – now it’s time for a long-lasting reset * 2016 Emmys are proof that TV is getting more diverse * Oscars 2016: Matt Damon says Hollywood must do more to support diversity * Oscar nominations – the diversity is impressive – now it’s time for a long-lasting reset And that’s leaving alone the white people who have played black roles. So what can be changed? Well, aside from Geena Davis’ simple and effective advice of first switching some character names to women’s names, and second, making a crowd scene half-female, perhaps the Hollywood bigwigs could listen to Twitter, which, thanks to journalist Brian J White, has spent the past couple of days brainstorming ways to recast movies with no straight, white men. White kicked off proceedings like so:
Others soon joined in, with suggestions ranging from recasting comic book heroes to flipping classic movies, and some truly legendary women and girls to were listed to get the acting gigs (Blue Ivy included). Oh and we are HERE for Idris Elba as Doctor Who.