Hollywood Isn’t As Forward Thinking As You And They Think

Something is not right here.

Come on Hollywood Reporter, you’ve got to do better. An article in The Huffington Post said it well:

With Emmy nominations on the horizon (July 19th)The Hollywood Reporter (THR) hosted an Emmy roundtable panel with six talented actresses…All six are drama actresses, they’re all serious Emmy contenders for Best Actress in A Drama Series, and, all six grace the cover of this month’s THR.

Few would argue that these actresses don’t deserve to be featured on the cover…but many will wonder why there isn’t more diversity (or any diversity for that matter) on this cover.

While there aren’t many minority actresses currently starring in dramatic series, and recent TV seasons have seen a noticeable lack of diversity on camera, the question of diversity on television has been a hot topic of late, particularly with respect to the HBO series, “Girls”, which professes to reflect the lives of young adults in Brooklyn, New York — which is over 30 percent black — and yet does not feature any black actors in a leading role.

Against the backdrop of this debate, and despite minority actresses — like half-Costa Rican actress, Madeleine Stowe (ABC’s “Revenge”) — being considered as contenders for an Emmy nomination, and various actresses of color starring in hit dramas — likeKerry Washington (ABC’s “Scandal”), Lana Parrilla, who plays the evil queen on the #1 new drama of the fall (ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,”) or Sandra Oh, who continues to do great work as the badass doc Cristina Yang on ABC’s hit show, “Grey’s Anatomy,” — THR chose to only feature white actresses.

Hollywood, and California in general, likes its image as being hip and in the forefront of social issues. But as we can see, even Hollywood has a ways to go. I like what Zoe Saldana said in The Huffington Post piece:

Recently, Zoe Saldana, star of the highest grossing movie of all time (James Cameron’s “Avatar”) told The Huffington Post that there’s just not enough diversity on magazine covers, stating “There are a lot of magazines that are still sort of…that only cater to a certain demographic and only put certain people on their covers. And that’s fine – I never lose hope that one day certain big magazines can broaden their exposure of what is an American face.”

Yep. Well said Zoe. Here is the full article.

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