Panel speakers from the Ruderman Foundation addressed the exclusion of disabled people in the industry in a conference by stating, “You discourage people with disabilities from pursuing careers in acting, writing, producing, directing, etc. You heighten unemployment of a group that, inside and outside of Hollywood, already deals with it more than the non-disabled population”. Over the past couple of years, diversity has been a real controversial issue on Hollywood, giving women more opportunities in direction, production, leading roles, providing more roles for people of minority groups etc… but it seems that still people with disabilities far short from Hollywood’s eyes, and are still excluded and marginizaled from participating in this industry. Academy Award Winner, Marlee Matlin states, 20 percent of the population have some type of disability… but if you judged our existence by what you see on TV you would think we made up less than one percent.” 5% is the number that represents actors with disabilities in the industry, certainly that is a very low number to represent a group on the wide screen. This can be appointed as one of the issues why people are not aware of the existence and importance of the disabled
In Carey Martell’s article The Flawed Arguments About Female Discrimination in the Film Industry, Martell disputes that sexism in the industry is not due to discrimination. He explains that the pay gap between actors and actresses is not due to discrimination, but due to a number of differing factors concerning the specific actor. Yet, many females in the industry have a different viewpoint. A number of female actresses have spoken out about their pay inequality, such as Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, and Amanda Seyfried. According to the article Everything You Need to Know About The Hollywood Pay Gap, Madeline Berg states, “Diane Keaton did not receive back-end pay for her star role in Something’s Gotta Give, while Jack Nicholson did” (Berg).
So what exactly is color-blind casting? In the past many people believed the term “color-blind casting” means casting their characters without their race and ethnicity. Throughout the decades, American theatre has experienced issues regarding the relation between race and gender, and their effect on casting, and the discussion particularly focuses on actors’ skin colors. Nowadays colorblind casting does not truly exist, it is known more as “color-conscious” casting . Through some research I found that in 1997, August Wilson and Robert Burstein had a debate about colorblind casting in New York Town Hall.
The same way there is a myth that movies about colored peoples cannot become a global hit, there is also a similar myth about movies with female superheroes. In 2017 a movie called Wonder Woman was released. This movie portrays a female as being the superhero and lead actor. This movie proceeded to become a massive hit, and bring in around 822 million dollars. Therefore, it is shown that the sexist and racist beliefs within the media have become less pronounced.
Stereotypes in media have been around since the earliest cartoons were drawn. The media gives supposedly identifying traits with images of the stingy Jewish man, the single Hispanic woman cleaning homes to raise her three children, and the “butch” lesbian falling for the beautiful blonde who just happens to glance at her every day in the hallway. These portrayals make up general knowledge about minorities for a lot of people, but their accuracy is questionable at best. While production companies have been making strides towards the better, insufficient representation in the media tends to portray minorities as their negative stereotypes rather than as people. The LGBTQ community is one that faces an ongoing storm of stereotyping and stigmas and the media is no relief from it.
Nevertheless, that is not the case. The people who argue that Asian parenting is too severe maintain that even though Asian parenting has shown that academic results are higher, the children are treated too harshly by the parents and end up with no real satisfaction on their end. This is based on the common misconception that Asian parents are overbearing and overly demanding since the publishing of the memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua, a professor of law at Yale Law School. For example, “To most of the American public, Chua is simply forcing her children toward parentally-defined success, which most believe is unlikely to lead to true happiness in children” (Wang). What Wang is saying is that most of those who read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother had the impression that Amy Chua was only forcing her children to learn what she wanted them to learn instead of what made them happy.
2 Broke Girls achieved great success shortly after the first season aired in 2011. The show became a hit for CBS; however, six seasons later, 2 Broke Girls hasn’t maintained the same successful ratings it once accomplished, likely due to heavy criticism of the show’s writers and their tasteless attempts at comedy. Several critics agree that co-creators Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings rely too heavily on immature, uninspiring comedy that perpetuates racial stereotypes. The supporting characters are basically walking racial stereotypes. 2 Broke Girls has been criticized for racist jokes aimed at African Americans, Aboriginals, Hispanics, and Russians, but Asians bear the brunt of a majority of the show’s lame race jokes.
Producers of the newest superhero movie, Black Panther, “check off a number of identity boxes with its almost exclusively black cast and a cohort of strong female characters” but still were chided because of the lack of gay and lesbian characters (Richardson). Many people anticipated the film and had high hopes of it being the first marvel film to “feature an openly gay character” (Richardson). Despite the record that Marvel Studios has set with making the most diverse superhero movie, there are still critics that say it’s not diverse enough. The arguments that Hollywood, even with the lengths they have been taken to share all different cultures, still lacks the representation of women and people of color still exists. However even with people arguing for even more diversity the film industry is unmistakably making incredible progress and is continuing to create more diversity, undoubtedly heading in the right direction.
Women of colour are often met with lack of empathy and ambivalence when coming forth with their stories about sexual assault. A much-publicized case is when Harvey Weinstein quickly refused sexual claims from the coloured actress Lupita N’yongo, while mostly remaining silent when accused by other white females. In addition, the lack of recognition to the true creator of the “Me too” movement: Tarana Burke, has left many African American women resentful. Before the movement became viral through white females’ statements, the movement had actually existed for more than a decade without the same attention. As a result, some African Americans refuse to support an exclusive movement.
To Ginsberg, the American Dream was infeasible for most in his predicament owing to discrimination based on sexual identity. Even today, as Rich Bellis points out in his article, "Only 19 states and Washington, D.C., have passed laws preventing LGBT Americans from being discriminated against by employers. Three others protect employees on the basis of sexual orientation but not gender identity" (Bellis). Although this shows only a fraction of America's minorities, it is still a fair indicator that the American Dream is unachievable to certain groups in America all because their differences cause them to have unequal opportunities for success. This is outrageous, especially when the American Dream means equal opportunity as mentioned in a prior
Despite the Hispanic princess conservancy, it true that the media has everything to do with the problem, since it frustrating knowing that each “ethnic” group must wait their turn to have some sort of representation on Television but in a positive way. According to Raul A. Reyes a CNN news writer, Latinos get nothing but negative attention “A 2012 study by the National Hispanic Media Coalition found that TV shows and films often contributed to the public 's negative perception of Latinos. In fact, the Coalition found that the top three ways that non-Latinos viewed Latinos in the media were as criminals, gardeners and maids.” Meaning that instead of providing positive inspiring views about Latinos the media tends to do the opposite. In other
People voiced their negative opinions about Maya Lin specifically because of the fact that she was of Asian ethnicity. People also spoke out against her design because of her lack of professional experience and the fact that she was a female. Maya Lin won several awards after the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. She won the Rome Prize in 1999, the Finn Juhl Prize in 2003, National Medal of Arts Prize in 2009, and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in 2014 including a 300,000 dollar art prize. She now owns Maya Lin Studio in New York City.
The negativity of women and rarely authority, show that hip hop has lost it’s way and is now extremely different from what it used to be. There is no sign that hip hop has any plans to clean up its vulgar image, it is safe to say that the industry has been put on notice (“Taking Back the Music”). This subject is often blown off, due to no one seeing it as a big deal. Music is music to most people, and can often cause people to not see issues as they really are. According to African-American teenagers, they are beset about the dangerous myths of their race.
Straight Outta Compton A film that falls under the category of being “controversial” tends to shy away from mainstream audience because of it’s subject matter or lack of diversity. For example, filmmakers like Tyler Perry only caters to the African American audience and don’t have any success overseas with different viewers. However, this stereotype defuse once “Straight Outta Compton” was release during the summer of 2015. The film grossing over $201 million worldwide. “Straight Outta Compton” is a biopic about the hip-hop controversal group N.W.A (Niggas with Attitude) and how the rise to fame came with a price.
Immigration, a topic people have countless differences on. So many are for it: so many are against it. If researched, it does not seem immigrants a great of an effect on America. Many Americans are unemployed simply because immigrants take jobs. Turn on the television, and one hears about is higher crime rates.