“Oscars So White” a phrase that began trending on social media sites after the 2016 Academy Awards announce their nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress, it was predominately white for a second year in a row. The movie industry is no stranger to controversy and since its inception it’s constantly been guilty of underrepresenting ethnic people. It’s evident that film is a type of mass media that has a certifiable amount of power to influence audience’s views, yet this platform constantly disregards the need for diversity in favor of stereotypes. Movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Scarface (1983), and Pan (2015) are all guilty of this. The depiction of non-American characters in Hollywood movies are constructed around racial …show more content…
For instance, in one his scenes Mr. Yunioshi is awoken by the ringing of a doorbell, he immediately stands up from his mattress on the floor only to hit his head on a lantern and stumble across his room looking for his glasses; once he regains his balance, he opens the front door and screams at Holly Golighty (the main character portrayed by Audrey Hepburn) in broken English (that was produced due to his heavy “Japanese” accent). At face value this particular scene was supposed to add to the comedic element of the film; however, if we take a closer look, it is evident that racial stereotypes are embedded within the physical and behavioral aspects of the character as well as the environment. In the aforementioned scene, Mr. Yunioshi’s apartment is exceedingly stereotyped, because his mattress on the floor signifies that (in terms of socio-economic class) he’s poor, while the decorations in his apartment, such as the lanterns and various plants, are used to overly emphasize that he is Japanese. Of course, his physical features effect his behavior because of his poor sight and slurred speech, he’s depicted as a clumsy and grumpy person. Furthermore, I acknowledge that it was normal to use racially-charged humor in this era, but it’s movies like these that utilize comedy as a form of justifying the use of whitewashing and racial stereotyping; therefore, making it difficult to overcome stereotypes. Scarface is another classic film in which,
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Both Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby illustrate that when one centers their life upon the propriety and luxury that a traditionalistic lifestyle supports, they will repress into the comfort of their money and fail to progress towards the American Dream. Fitzgerald argues that the modernist’s ambition towards a singular focused dream will lead to feelings of unfulfillment, though Capote counters that the modernists inability to find satisfaction within their life will allow opportunities to pass them by.
In the 2017 media article “How Fair is Hollywood” the main problem is the lack of inclusion that Hollywood has been using throughout their movies . This problem can be solved by having an actor play the role of the corresponding race of his/her character.As noted by Media Mix news in paragraph 1, the author explicitly describes “People have reported frustration with Hollywood’s casting process. That’s because they see non-white actors repeatedly kept out of the spotlight. There is also the phenomenon called “whitewashing,” when roles are written for minorities are given to white actors”. This indicates that people are being displeased by the fact that Hollywood has been doing negative things to put actors to play a different race from what
For the last two years, the Oscars have come under fire in the last two years with their lack of nominations of people with color. The Oscars otherwise known as the Academy Awards is an award show to highlight and give praise to the best movies and short films of the year, including in this prestigious awards are the actors and actresses that star in these blockbusters and they are, as well as their movies praised on the highest level for their craft. However what has become under scrutiny is the so-called “White Wash” that has come across the ceremony.
There has been many controversies about the lack of diversity in Hollywood and one of the most recent one was the 2016 Oscars. The Oscars is an award show that showcase the best people in front and behind the camera. Unfortunately there was barely any diversity in the nominations this year since most nominators were white, even though there was many diverse films that were considered Oscar worthy. With that being said,people protested that there needs to be more diversity in these categories and some actors agreeing by using the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite in social media. To make things worse, the Academy Awards members are majority older white males which brought to the attention from the protesters that in order to have diversity into the awards, the members itself needs to represent of all races so, it can be considered a fair choice. Which make sense to why throughout history of the Oscars there was always a discrepancy of diversity in the nominations since 1929 because only a very small percentage of minorities actors have received an award compared to the white actors that dominated the Oscars with a high percentage of winners. This created tension in Hollywood that the Oscars are marginalizing itself as a all white program and that there needs to be changes.
Last year there was a huge debacle with many African American actors protesting the Oscars. The issue was a lack of diversity involving the nominations for awards. Only white actors and actresses were nominated for the top four awards, sadly for the second year in a row. Because of this, the hashtag #oscarssowhite gained popularity, and was seen all across social media. Granted, the Oscars is movie nominations, but TV and movies play hand and hand with being film entertainment. Also, there were plenty of television actors that had their fair share to say about the Oscars being too white and it just makes you think is it just the Oscars or is television is too white? In my opinion, diversity is not shown widely enough on screen, and the main
This country has been described as a “melting pot” of different ethnicities. To put it into statistics, the United States’ population in 2014 accounted 37.9 percent minority. No matter who they are, people come together to enjoy whatever Hollywood has produced; whether it’s cinematic masterpieces or tasteful television productions. In fact, 46 percent of all movie tickets sold in the United States were purchased by people of color in that year (Hunt et al). They would all come together to watch a movie that hopefully would be able to showcase what America looked like today; however, they would be faced with disappointment. The lack of representation is apparent as people gaze upon the silver screen. After a study by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, where they examined 163 films, it is revealed that 12.9 percent of the lead roles were claimed by minorities. The study reports that it’s a decline from the 16.7 percent in comparison to the year prior. Furthermore, it’s not just the silver screen where diversity lacks- television is another victim. In cable scripted television shows, white actors had 78 percent of the 1120 roles, observed by the same study, while minorities accounted for 22 percent in the 2013-2014 season. With many wonders as to why the lack of diversity is prevalent, it still happens and Hollywood isn’t hosting a fair playing field between actors in the majority and minority. If and when Hollywood uses diverse actors in their projects
Whitewashing is the casting practice in the film industry in which white actors are cast to play a role or character of a person that should be of colour. Early hollywood’s films were far from racially or culturally sensitive. As this industry in the past and present is known for often casting white actors for roles that should be portrayed by non-white actors. For example whitewashing can be seen in a great amount of hollywood films. Movies like “Aloha” that took places on a Hawaii island where major of the population is non-white yet the main cast were distinctly white. A lot of people had an issue with the main actor being white due to the fact that is was stated that her character was
The word classification has so many different meanings. It could be to divide, or to group. This essay will take a group of completely different people and “classify” them into a family. An example that I will be referring to is the movie, “The Breakfast Club”. A brief summary of this movie would be a group of kids who could not be any different are sharing a detention sentence together with a principle watching over them that they equally dislike. How I am going to correlate this with my family is to compare them with characters from the movie.
There is an unmistakable lack of diversity in Hollywood. There are much more white actors to actors of color. In a study of 800 films from 2007-2015 Smith et al found that non-minorities outnumbered minorities 3 to 1 for film leads (2). This statistic contrasts with the current diversity of America. Per Darnell Hunt, 40 percent of Americans are in a minority (Hunter-Gault). These statistics should be the same. Hollywood needs to address and fix the lack of diversity.
The Oscars is an annual American award ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science in recognition of the excellence in cinematic achievements within the film industry (as decided by the voting members). For the second year in a row, when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science announced its Oscar nominees, only white actors and actresses were among the handful selected for the top categories. Resulting in the reinvigoration of the social media hash tag “Oscar So White”. Since then, there has an uprising amongst the Hollywood community about the lack of diversity in the industry. Many celebrities such as, Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee, are even boycotting the Award show this year.
In our society, race identity is brought up everyday and is a subject that still separates people even to this day. Race is a very sensitive subject for most people and is still an issue today regarding jobs and opportunity. One of the major influences in our culture as well as a depiction of our interests and entertainment value is film. Film is one of the most important forms of media in our culture because it speaks to a very large audience and sets the tone for morals and values of our culture. Film has the ability to force a perspective to the public through selected storytelling and opinion. Racial identity has always been present in film through many different ways. Over time, racial identity in film has become more subtle and less up front to the audience. The depiction of African Americans being mentally deficient and dangerous in film is a setback for our culture and a denial of equality between races.
And the winner is….”insert famous A list white actor name” congratulations! This was the unwritten script that every presenter followed for this year’s Academy Awards also known as the Oscars. For the second year in a row, there were no black nominees in any of the four acting categories. So many questions were raise after the nominations were release to the public for instance; people were asking if the Oscars had discrimination toward black films? How much diversity does the judging panel have? Why are black actors not receiving the recognition they deserve? Etc. In the past, when African Americans weren’t nominated for an Oscar, it wasn’t a big surprise because the Oscars wasn’t necessary geared towards the
Roughly three-quarters of film actors were white in 2014 and for the second year in a row,the Oscars,four categories only included white actors and actress. The lack of diversity within the entertainment industry is a major problem as it shows the people of color don’t matter certainly not as much as white
Global box office revenues hit an all time high of $38 billion US dollars in 2015 (Child). The Hollywood film industry is a highly lucrative business that seemingly offers something for everyone: romance, thriller, tragedy, fantasy, comedy, action, and so much more. However, the industry has an extensive history of favoring the white, straight male, which leaves minorities to feel wrongly represented. Hollywood films do integrate different races, but there remains to be one constant; the white race. While it may seem as if the film industry has come a long way from the racism-filled motion pictures of the past, there are reoccurring themes that instill white superiority more subtly (but still powerfully) in film today. The film industry capitalizes on continuing the values of racism in society by producing films that use stereotypic representations of minorities, ‘whitewashing’, and the white savior plot line.
This study examines the different ideas by Truman Capote in his novel, Breakfast at Tiffany's. The novel exposes the readers to the different escapades of the characters that are faced with conditions and situations that influence their actions and behaviors. While doing so, the study seeks to explore different themes and stylistic devices that the author used to communicate the ideas in the novel. Importantly, the novel exposes the readers to a psychological struggle ensue in the need to establish stability amid freedom. The narrator has opposing ends with Holly, something that cracks their relationship. The novel indeed explicates emotional struggle between different people as they seek to establish what is good for them, seen between the narrator and Holly. The narrator is overjoyed in the achievement to have a home while on the other hand, Holly is more preoccupied with the need to get freedom, which makes her avoid the contacts with people, places, and things. It is imperative to point that there are fundamental concepts with ostensible meaning, for instance, birdcage implies the need for freedom while Tiffany's implies stability, as is yet to be seen in the analysis.