NY Times: White Men Talk Too Much In Movies

"We actually have an inclusion crisis"


If Hollywood has one problem, it's too many white males talking on screen, not SJW messaging between every frame, according to a recent piece in the New York Times by "analyst" Johanna Barr, citing a study from the University of Southern California (USC) on gender inclusion within Hollywood.

“We like to say we don’t have a diversity problem; we actually have an inclusion crisis, on screen and behind the cameras,” said professor Stacy Smith, a co-researcher for the study. “You would think, ‘why are we leaving money on the table?’”

Barr echoed Smith in a now deleted tweet which read, “in my 1st piece since joining the NYT express team, i wrote about my favorite topic: how white men talk too much”.

She lamented how the study showed that “the language used by female characters tended to be more positive, emotional and related to family values, while the language used by male characters was more closely linked to achievement.”

Red Alert has more: 

Is promoting family values such a bad thing? Unfortunately, so-called “progressives” frown upon the notion of strong women choosing (independently, and of their own free will) to care for and raise a family. Meanwhile, most of the film industry’s consumers, middle-class Americans, still appreciate the concepts of family values, and applaud when they’re depicted on screen.

However, what’s especially disappointing about Barr’s and Smith’s approach to this topic is that Hollywood does indeed suffer from systemic sexism, and they completely fail to address it. The film industry uses and abuses thousands of women every year, but it doesn’t stem from men talking too much. It’s also not because “only” 53 of the top 100 movies in 2016 featured an African-American female (who comprise approximately 7 percent of the U.S. population.)

Rather, the sexist elephant in the Hollywood room is the fact that Hollywood hyper-sexualizes women, often under the guise of “female empowerment.”

For example, in a review of the new Netflix series “Glow,” which is intended to expose the overtly sexist world of female wrestling, World Magazine’s Laura Finch notes, “if you’re trying to make a point about the objectification of women, maybe everyone could keep their tops on?”

Her piece conludes that "the subject matter—prejudice in Hollywood—is not going to be helped by putting women in spandex and teaching them how to stage fight.”