Last month, July 16th, Tre'velle Anderson of The Los Angeles Times did an excellent and much needed report on the lack of race and gender diversity in the field of film critics. In a video, we see 14 crticis of color speak out on the need for inclusion in their field. And those were just critics of color in just L.A. alone! Imagine if the many frustrated minority critics I've seen over the years at screenings in New York City were interviewed too.
Yesterday, the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative reported that despite the hard push of former Motion Picture Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to get more racial diversity into its membership, despite "Oscars So White," despite Frances McDormand telling people that they that can request "inclusion riders" to insure race/gender equality in production teams -- something McDormand stated in her Oscar acceptance speech early this year -- despite all that... the needle has not moved much in a favorable direction for inclusion. People of color, women, the LGBT community and the disabled continue to be served slim pieces of the pie. White guys still get the big slices.
I strongly feel that diversity and inclusion are sorely, critically needed in those executive branches populated by the folks who do the hiring, do the programming and are the people who can green light a project. That's where we need the race and gender diversity -- whether it's a Hollywood studio office, a top talent agency boardroom, a network TV news department or a movie channel. We also need our liberal buddies -- the ones who are constantly employed -- to look around, to really look around, notice that the playing field is not level and call out the inequality.
In the meantime, we need to help each other out. Support CRAZY RICH ASIANS when it opens August 15th. Give it some box office love and power.