The intension of this essay is to bring light to two very impactful chapters in the film industry. Although the events are uniquely independent of each other, they both occupied the industry at overlapping times. The first issue for the industry is the Anti-trust case brought by the United States Supreme Court against the film industry. This case was referred to as the Paramount case, although as explained below, was far from just Paramount’s problem. The other critical issue to the industry was the congressional hunt for “communists”, which became known as the “Hollywood Blacklist” case, which again included the film industry and many, many other industries.
The Cold War is often seen as a dark time in American history, not just because of the international conflict, but because of the strife it caused within the United States itself. During the Cold War, the general culture in America was fearful and paranoid about the rise and spread of Communism within their society. One example of how this hysteria manifested is illustrated in the movie, Trumbo, which tells the story of when the Hollywood industry blacklisted famous writer Dalton Trumbo, along with other workers in the industry, who were connected to Communism. Dalton Trumbo and his associates faced bigotry and were effectively attacked for standing by their ideals, which was a reflection of how American culture had changed at that time. By
Diversity in Hollywood includes more than race and more than acting. There is little diversity not only in front of the camera but behind the scenes too. Likely hood of seeing a nonwhite cast or set of directors is low since the industry is own by Caucasians. Hollywood cast their movies base on their liking. Which they would cast an all Caucasian cast instead of being diverse.
In the 1950’s the cold war had begun. The fear of retaliation from communists was at large. Some Americans believed that communists were amongst them plotting. This lead to a dark time in history when American opportunity became limited for many. Most rights were limited, normal life was disrupted, and the most necessary human right may have been taken.
The documentary "Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies, and the American Dream", explains how a number of Jewish immigrants in the beginning of nineteen century built the most known six movie studios in Hollywood. Despite America 's open-door immigration policy for all immigrants, Jews, perhaps more than other minorities, encountered a new form a discrimination. The documakers say that they were viewed as outsiders and were blacklisted from working in certain fields such as finance, banking, and other higher education careers. Hence, they formed their own communities and their own version of real America, practicing their own religion, opening their own businesses in the garment industry and movie production. Because of the intense discrimination against Jews, especially those involved in the movie-theater industry in New York and Chicago, many of them moved to Hollywood, California building their own studios and working as screenwriters, directors, and producers.
Almost half a century after the death of Jim Crow laws segregating African Americans, racism seems to be subdued publicly. The subject of racial discrimination has become more sensitive; any event that hint at racial inequality generally receive public condemn. There are rarely any requirement for government intervention or law modification to correct racism and relieve public tension. From the years of 2000 to 2017, there has not been a single legal case regarding Civil Rights according to the Library of Congress.
First, one of the reasons that the Hollywood writers and directors have a social responsibility to avoid stereotyping ethnic character is racism issues. Racism is one of hot issues that people need to concern when it already happened in that past but still appear in nowadays. It is clearly present in the Hollywood film back in the days when the motion picture industry is only owned and controlled by the white people. Most majority of white actors and actresses were only people that could appear or had roles on the films, and there were neither Asian people nor African American people to act any roles on the film. Even there were Asian roles in the film, only white actors were hired to act these stereotypical characters.
Ever since the first settlers arrived in Australia right up to the end of the 20th century indigenous Australians had limited rights compared to whit Australians. One of the biggest problems was that there were different laws and treatment of aboriginals depending on what state they resided in. The year of 1967 was a big year for indigenous rights as a referendum was held to give the federal government the power to make laws for all aboriginals. Many factors and events influenced the overwhelming success of 1967 Referendum but the Freedom Rides of 1965 was the most important of these events in making the referendum the most successful in Australia’s history.
ABOUT RACISM BEYOND UNCOVERING THE TRUTH MOVIES 1 “Uncovering the Truth about Racism beyond Movies” Joshua A. Paller and Jerome Gandionco Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila UNCOVERING THE TRUTH ABOUT RACISM BEYOND MOVIES 2 Racism is something we 've all witnessed. Many people fail to believe that race isn’t a biological category, but an artificial classification of people with no scientifically variable facts. In other words, the distinction we make between races has nothing to do with genetic characteristics. On the modern means of entertainment, people tend to ignore that some of what they pay to see are somewhat degrading the
Films and media have been a source of entertainment since the 1800s. Everyone has some exposure of media through news and entertainment, and we see how people perceive others around us. Some concepts, a most prominent one, coined “whitewashing”, is heavily in films and develops heavy prejudice towards other races aside from the more dominant white population. Whitewashing began during the early development of films across the United States, the castings of white actors and actresses gaining controversy and were heavily criticized. Whitewashing was considered offensive to others, because of the amount of it that was done during those times.
If you ever want to start a debate on racial issues, just screen Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right’ to a group of people. Right from the title of the movie the controversial messages start to bring out what someone really thinks on racial injustice. The movie shows racial tensions between groups in a neighborhood. Present in the film are the Italian pizza shop owners that have selectively opened their business in a black neighborhood, while having a racist son. There is the black protester who boycotts their business since the owners do not have any black legend’s placed up on their wall of fame.
During this time period, not long after the end of World War II, the USSR (Soviet Union) was on the rise, which led to the Cold War. The Cold War led to increased tension between the United States, and the Soviet Union due to competition and heavy conflict of interest. The involvement of the Soviet Union led to the dramatic fear of communism among the public after witnessing the horrific environment within the USSR. This helped develop McCarthyism, the idea of investigating, and accusing someone in power of being associated with communism. Joe McCarthy himself, the founder of his very ideal also gained much popularity within this time period due to many Americans fearing the rise of communist leaders and communism itself.
The period during the Cold War had a deeper meaning than just the rivalry between the two superpowers, the Soviet Union and America. Turmoil and trepidation over the threat of the spread of Communism brought change into America. The belief of the integration of Communist spies into the country made the government question the loyalty of Americans. The period in which this anti-communist hysteria occurred was known as the Red Scare. In The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, a town in Salem, Massachusetts is a witness of witchcraft.