While Hollywood has a history of portraying gender and racial struggles from our society on the screen, it seems that what goes on behind the camera might also be a startling example of inequality. USC just released a new study on gender, race and LGBT in the top 700 films between 2007-2014, and the results are very disturbing.
Here are 14 statistics from this study that point out the abhorrent lack of diversity in front of and behind the camera in major motion pictures:
1. 28.1 percent of speaking characters in 2014 were female. This is down from 32.8 percent in 2009.
2. 11 percent of the 2014 films had gender-balanced casts.
3. 21 of the top 100 films of 2014 featured a female lead or equal co-lead. None of the female actors were over the age of 45.
4. For every female character on screen, there are 2.3 male characters.
5. Females are more likely than males to be wearing sexy attire (27.9 percent vs. 8 percent). And female teens were just as likely to be sexualized as female young adults.
6. Women behind the camera in 2014: 18.9 percent of all producers, 11.2 percent of all writers and 1.9 percent of all directors.
7. Characters in 2014 films: 73.1 percent were Caucasian, 12.5 percent were African-American, 5.3 percent were Asian-American, 4.9 percent were Hispanic-American and 2.9 percent were Middle Eastern.
8. 17 of the top 100 films of 2014 featured a lead or co-lead from one of the underrepresented racial groups.
9. 17 films from 2014 did not feature a single African-American speaking role. 40 films did not include any Asian-American speaking roles.
10. Of the directors between 2007-2014, 5.8 percent were African-American and 2.4 percent were Asian-American.
11. 30.6 percent of Hispanic-American female characters wore sexy attire, the highest percentage of any racial group.
12. 19 of the 4,610 speaking characters from 2014 were LGBT. 10 were gay. 5 were bisexual. 4 were lesbians. None were transgender.
13. 86 of the top 100 films of 2014 had no LGBT characters.
14. 84.2 percent of LGBT characters were Caucasian.