I’ve been writing about culture for six years, four and a half of them full-time. And while I’ve always been curious about the gap between Hollywood’s liberal reputation and the obviously illiberal results of its hiring and casting processes, 2015 definitely felt like a moment when the conversation changed. The discussion about diversity in the entertainment industry has never been so vigorous or so concrete, but this year also revealed just how far the fight for more representative pop culture has to go and how hard it will be.
There’s no question that 2015 was a year when the discussion about diversity in the entertainment industry moved from vague protestations to specific demands and actions.
Native Americans are dramatically underrepresented in popular culture. But despite the lack of jobs for actors of indigenous descent,a group of them walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s Netflix movie “The Ridiculous Six” to protest the demeaning characterizations they were asked to act out. After the Sony email hack revealed widespread pay inequities in the entertainment industry, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, the leads of the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie,” took their negotiations with the streaming service public. Jennifer Lawrence vowed to be a more aggressive advocate for herselfin pay negotiations in an effort to change the playing field for other women in her position. As Kathleen Kennedy unveiled her vision for the “Star Wars” universe, revealing major roles for women in upcoming films, it began to seem possible that having a female executive in charge of a major franchise might actually make a difference…
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