Hopefully, at least for readers of this blog, there are few who will bother to read this sickening piece in the New York Times about the trials and tribulations of Hollywood’s non-straight white acting community, few of whom deserve our tears. The fact is, despite the media hyped expectations over the size of the LBGT community for instance, which I am sure would have most Americans guessing their numbers to be astronomically larger than in reality, this so apparently underrepresented cohort is only not much more than 4% of the American population, if that.
And yet, we should be seeing gays, lesbians, transsexuals and other odds and ends all over our screens? Absurd, if we just represented the LBGT crowd in a proportional manner, they would still be virtually invisible. And movies are not about equal representation, nor should they be. If there was such a demand among movie goers shelling out the bucks to see what were once considered sexual deviants Hollywood would be more than happy to provide such. If anyone thinks movie producers are interested in other things besides the monetary rewards of success at the box office, you may be stuck in the 1950s era of film noir.
This whole debate is so damn sickening, especially coming from a community that only a few years ago could be prosecuted, and certainly harassed back into the closet for their sexual proclivities. A system based on quotas is as racist and sexualphobic as it can get.
When the money’s there, and perhaps, given the pressure on the film industry from a culture that has become indoctrinated in sexual liberation and white/heterosexual guilt, it will be coming soon to a theater near you.
The statistics are unequivocal: Women and minorities are vastly underrepresented in front of and behind the camera. Here, 27 industry players reveal the stories behind the numbers — their personal experiences of not feeling seen, heard or accepted, and how they pushed forward. In Hollywood, exclusion goes far beyond #OscarsSoWhite. (Interviews have been edited and condensed.)
Such surreal, insane Bullshit!