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Hollywood Diversity Report: Acting Roles 'Whitewashed'

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Chocolate Oscars await the 87th Academy Awards Governors Ball in Hollywood. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 Feb 2016 07:30 AM

A Hollywood diversity report released Monday by the University of Southern California found that women and racial minorities are significantly underrepresented in scripted media.

"Of 11,300 speaking characters in 414 film and TV series studied by researchers, one third were female while just 28 percent were ethnic minorities, far short of the proportion in society at large, usually given at somewhere approaching 40 percent," Raw Story reported

Two percent of characters are identified as LGBT, which is roughly in line with national studies on the size of the LGBT population across the U.S.

"Behind the camera, just 15 percent of directors, 29 percent of writers and 23 percent of series creators were female," the report added.

All projects examined by researchers were released to the public between September 2014 and the end of August 2015.

"Overall, the landscape of media content is still largely whitewashed," the study concludes.

The report, produced by USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, comes just days ahead of this Sunday's Academy Awards, where all 20 major acting nominees are white for the second year in a row.

Last year and this year, the complete lack of diversity in the acting categories has produced a large volume of criticism from industry professionals, the media, and those on social media, the latter of which has again been using the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to bring attention to the issue.

"The prequel to OscarsSoWhite is HollywoodSoWhite," said Stacy L. Smith, a USC professor and one of the study's authors, the Chicago Tribune reported. "We don't have a diversity problem. We have an inclusion crisis."

Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee, Michael Moore, and other well-known industry figures have vowed to boycott the Oscars this year.

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A Hollywood diversity report released Monday by the University of Southern California found that women and racial minorities are significantly underrepresented in scripted media.
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