Theme Of Racial Discrimination In Hollywood

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It’s almost that time of the year again—yes—award season. Right now, they’re draping the Givenchy gowns, pressing the collars of tailored shirts, and rolling out the red carpet. Everything is almost ready for the crown jewel of events—The Academy Awards. For decades, this night has showcased the remarkable works of the brightest stars in Hollywood. But for the past two years, people of color have been left out of the celebration entirely, sparking outrage, boycotts and hashtags like #OscarsSoWhite. What’s driving this disparity? Perhaps it’s the economics of superstars at work. Maybe movie-goers only want Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, and Viola Davis. Maybe Americans prefers a select group of black actors in the films they see. This argument is weak…show more content…
They supply their human capital and are compensated in return. The supply of actors is vast and diverse; go to any restaurant in L.A. and you’re bound to find seven aspiring actors. So, the problem certainly isn’t due to a lack of diverse talent. Racial discrimination is a harsh reality in the labor market. But, are Hollywood producers and directors implicitly biased against black actors? Maybe—surely there are a few—but in the most liberal place in the country, this argument may be a stretch. Generally, Hollywood has been a hub of progress within the last several decades. But, after all, the liberal Hollywood execs are capitalist and have to make films people demand—leading us to the consumer. Perhaps the people lining up at the theatre are implicitly biased against black actors—even prejudiced. We don’t live in a post-racial utopia, so this premise is reasonable. However, think of the television shows Americans watch: Empire, Orange is the New Black, Scandal, HTGAWM, Black-ish, Grey’s Anatomy, Jane the Virgin, etc. It seems Americans love diversity in television—it’s difficult to believe this wouldn’t translate to
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