In response to USC Annenberg’s publication of their Hollywood diversity report, researchers Stacy L. Smith and Katherine Pieper, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans and podcast host David Greene. The group discuss the issues concerning Hollywood and their neglect of diversity.
Statistically speaking, the transcript mentions that about 40% of the national population are people of color, however, only 28% have speaking roles within recently released films. In addition, the transcript covers how Hollywood’s major film distributors fail at making diverse films which reach to people of color. Katherine Pieper, who helped create the USC report, mentions the value of diversifying the film industry. Pieper says that diversity ensures that everyone’s story is being told on screen. When there are less people of color represented in film, the film loses the audience’s favor and interest. In addition, a growing distrust in film will continue since numerous films do not accurately represent the nation’s population.
A transcript of the podcast can be found here.
Smith, Stacy L., and Katherine Peiper. “Researchers Examine Hollywood’s Lack Of Diversity.” Interview by Eric Deggans. NPR. NPR, 22 Feb. 2016. Web. 14 Feb. 2017.