Of course, the results of this report are not a surprise. Already at the Oscars, many critics had emerged with a non-representation of black and Hispanics people.
USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has conducted a study that highlights not only a lack of inclusion of LGBTQ people in the film industry, both in front of and behind the camera, but also a lack of visibility for ethnic groups and women in general.
The report is based on actors, directors, writers and popular movies between 2007 and 2015.
The conclusion is that there has been very little progress. About LGBTQ characters, in 2014, for example, there were only 19 against 32 in 2015 out of 4370 characters, with the appearance of one transgender character.
As for women's representation, the evolution is almost zero. In 2015, 31.4% were female roles except that eight years ago it was the same.
Same for the representation of ethnic groups. Between 2007 and 2015, it had no evolution either: around 12% were black, 5% were Latino and 4% were Asian.
"Whether we’re studying gender, race, ethnicity, LGBT or characters with disabilities, we’re really seeing exclusionary forces leaving out anybody that’s not a straight, white, able-bodied man," Professor Stacy Smith, the report’s lead author, said.
"Despite all the chatter and all the activism and all the press attention, it’s another year where the status quo has been maintained.
"When we really drill down the numbers, we see a perpetuation of the same groups getting access to the most visible roles, whether that’s in the director’s chair or on screen, and that continues to be the problem plaguing Hollywood’s hiring practices."