Is Television Too White? Essay

1298 Words Oct 20th, 2016 6 Pages
Is TV Too White? Visible minorities make up less than 30% of all those who appear in the top 100 films of 2014, according to University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication (Smith et al). A number which is too low to represent the diversity of multicultural countries such as Canada, United States, Australia, etc. When asked what are the difficulties of working in the entertainment industry, amateur actors from various backgrounds mostly mention the complicated task of finding available and suitable roles. From the beginning of the film era, ethnic minorities have been underrepresented, especially in Hollywood. Unlike white Caucasian actors, the number of roles which are available for ethnic minorities is low. A study conducted by USC Annenberg School of Communication shows that black actors constitute 12.5% of the characters in the 100 best films in 2014, while Asians and Hispanics hold only 5.3% and 4.9% respectively (Smith et al). However, the existence of these roles is likely to be as secondary characters or to merely diversify the movies superficially. Recalling two popular sitcoms in the late ‘90s and the beginning of ‘00s, “Friends” and “How I Met Your Mother” both took place in New York – A crowded city with a high rate of visible minorities – but the mains cast for the two shows are all white (Kothari). Although there is a range of original ethnic characters in the scripts, most of them are in the hands of Caucasians in movies nevertheless.…

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