A) My Topic: My topic for this semester was the lack of diversity representation in Hollywood, whether it be in movies or television, and how it has an effect in both the audience that are watching movies and TV and POC’s that want to break into Hollywood,
B) My Essays: The three essays that I wrote were a definition paper, a cause and effect paper, & a proposal paper. My definition paper was created in order to explain what this problem with diversity was because it’s something that has only recently been brought up in the news even though it’s been a problem for years.I also added in some examples of whitewashing and white actor’s playing other races. My cause and effect paper showed how the diversity problem has an effect on the audience that it’s trying to target and POC’s trying to make a name for themselves in Hollywood. My proposal paper gave some suggestion of how we can ultimately make Hollywood more inclusive and I added in some works that are helping to create inclusion, like Hamilton and Star Wars.
C) Research Method: Before I started my research, I already had some background on the topic being someone that loves movies and kept seeing the common trend of the “token black friend” in shows growing up. When I first started to do my research, I couldn’t find anything on the school’s library database. So, I did the majority of my research on google. A YouTube video from John Oliver’s HBO television show had an segment about whitewashing that helped with the definition paper. For the cause and effect paper, I found a study done by a professor at UCLA that gave me more information about diversity in Hollywood. For the proposal paper, I found another YouTube video by an up and coming actor named Edward Zo on his own experiences with going to auditions and casting calls as a minority and it helped me think of solutions.
D) Final Details/Observation: I already had a strong opinion about this topic before I started writing, but after writing about this topic I have learned a lot more and now want to do something to make Hollywood more inclusive. I now exactly why Hollywood is the way it is and I hope my writing motivates others to make a change.
For my second essay, I plan to write a casual essay to follow up on my topic, Diversity in Media. My topic has been a problem a long time but has only been recently discussed, so I would like to know the reason for the lack of diversity and what effects it has on the audience their presenting to and the actors that are looking for jobs. I will also try to bring some insight to how old Hollywood is partially the cause for the problem we have today and how we can find change. The cause would be Hollywood’s deeply rooted favoring of white actors and effect would be the lack of representation of both the audience and other actors.
Since there probably isn’t a clear answer to why there is a lack of diversity in media, I will most likely make speculations about the possible causes and talk about the possible chain of events that lead to the problem that we have today. I will also try to add in statistical data on my topic.
In this article from Huffington Post, it talks about whitewashing movie roles that were originally written for a minority in mind. They state that this has been happening for years ever since Hollywood started to make movies. They talk about how in the early days of movies, white actors would play the roles of Latinos and Asians and would even get praise for their performances. It wasn’t until after the 1960’s that this stopped due to immense criticism. Now, in modern times, we instead just rewrite the story to fit a white lead. For example, the movie 21 was inspired book Bringing Down the House, a story of an MIT Blackjack Team. The main difference between the two is that the book and the movie is that the book says that the majority of the team was Asian but in the movie the team was all white. The article ends by stating that because this still happens today, Hollywood has a white bias.
In this article by LA Times, they state that the lack of minority representation is creating an “epidemic of invisibility” for POC’s (people of color). There was a study that showed if you look at major entertainment studios, like Walt Disney Co. and 20th Century Fox, only around 28% of speaking roles were people of color, which isn’t a surprise because they also stated that when behind the scenes, 85%of directors and 71% of screenwriters were white males.The article ends by stating that even though the film industry has their problems, TV shows are becoming more diverse with programming like “blackish” and “Fresh of the Boat”.
This video from John Oliver also gives another perspective on Hollywood whitewashing and why it it still a thing. It talks about the recent trend of all white nominees at the Oscars for the second year in a row and states that years ago white people got awards and praise for their portrayal of minorities. It also states when a minority actor finally gets a lead role, sometimes a role that was originally written for a white actor, people were outraged and openly shared their criticism for the casting choice. The video also talks about putting white people in the foreground when the story is most about people of color, for example, Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai and Emma Stone in The Help. The video ends by stating that when you say that their aren’t enough roles for actors of color, just remember we gave award for white people who played minorities.
Even though all three sources give some insight on this topic, they all had different ways of expressing their insight. One of the sources gives evidence that the problem isn’t a new trend but has happened for years. Another source gave factual information and while giving negative comments to the film industry , it also gave praise to television for being more diverse. The last source gave us more examples of why the lack of diversity is prevalent and even though minority actors get lead roles, sometimes they don’t get as much praise as their white counterparts. I believe that all three sources give valuable information and I think this the information that is presented, I can make it easier to give more of a factual response on this topic rather than a biased one.
If I asked an entire classroom full of college students who had any social media accounts, I can guarantee that most of them would raise their hands. Going beyond that, most of those students would probably check yes to having multiple accounts as well. Our entire generation is the social networking generation. Everything we do is behind a screen. Social media gives us a way communicate quickly and efficiently with one another. I am the first one to admit, I’m on my phone all of the time. I constantly refresh my Twitter feed and Instagram is pretty much my life. Like most people my age, I view my accounts as a representation of who I am. But how much is too much?
Yes having access to everything at your fingertips is great, but there are some serious drawbacks to the way our generation perceives life with social media now. We’re losing sight of who we are as people and instead creating fake (edited) bubbles behind screens. Face to face confrontation is a way of the past. Instead, “subtweeting” is a way to rip someone to shreds while involving other irrelevant parties. Guys and girls don’t ask each other out on dates anymore. Instead, we “DM” each other which turns into “talking”; the fancy way of saying you don’t want to commit. Going even further than that, our confidence level is based off of the amount of likes we get on a photo! Taking a step back, that sounds ridiculous, but it’s the truth.So yes, social media can be beneficial at times, but I truly believe it’s hurting our generation more than we think.
We all hear about immigration in todays media and how everyone has a different opinion about it. However a lot of us, especially now that we are getting into the real world, are just forming our opinions on world issues like this. Some of us don’t know how we feel about immigration and others don’t even know enough to have an opinion. After hearing all the chattering and complaining from todays politicians its hard to know if immigration is a good or bad thing.
Through this blog I will try and show you what immigration is and share my own opinions on the topic. You may not agree with what I have to say sometimes but my goal is not to get you to agree with me. It is for you to form your own opinion and thoughts on the matter.
I will be addressing all kinds of immigration throughout the world in this blog to help you get an understanding on how immigration affects the rest of the world. As of now, the biggest immigration stories in today’s news is the immigration of Syrians into European nations and Mexican Immigration into the US.