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Television series are not more inclusive than films

Thursday 25 February 2016, by SIGNIS

Los Angeles, Brussels, February 25th, 2016 (USC Annenberg/SIGNIS). Recently, there has been a big controversy about the lack of diversity at the Oscars. However, a recent study done by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC), found out that it’s not only the Oscars that are lacking of diversity, but the entire audiovisual industry.

This study , entitled “Inclusion or Invisibility? Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity in Entertainment," analyzed how different genders, races and sexual orientations were represented in film and television. And the results are not that good. It seems that in films and in series, roughly 70 percent of characters are white and only a third of all speaking characters are female.

“This is no mere diversity problem. This is an inclusion crisis,” said professor Stacy L. Smith, Founding Director of the Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She added “Over half of the content we examined features no Asian or Asian-American characters, and over 20% featured no African-American characters. It is clear that the ecosystem of entertainment is exclusionary.”

To read more about this study, please click here.

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