In the world of intersectional feminism, you are never quite woke enough no matter who much you try. If you thought that the record number of women in leading roles this year was a step in the right direction of ‘diversity and inclusion’, you are wrong. Despite the two year push for female empowerment in the age of #MeToo, progressives are still unhappy because it turns out that the majority of women that are being pushed are white.
According to San Diego State University’s Center For the Study of Women in Television and Film, the number of female characters in the box office hit a record high but 68% of them were white. White women made up an even higher percentage of major characters at 70%. Representation for some women of color decreased slightly from 2018 to 20% for Black female characters, 7% for Asian women and 5% for Hispanic women.
The study comes on the heels of major progressive outrage that this year’s BAFTA award nominations did not feature any minorities in the four major acting catalogers and no women nominated for best directing. The nominations have led to widespread criticism of racism and sexism within the British film industry similar to those calls of racism in the American film comedy a few years ago. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, which has already made strides to have more diversity in their awards nominations said that there will be a root and branch review of how the BAFTA Film Awards are voted on going forward
In an industry that is desperately looking to become less white and less male, it looks like change is not happening fast enough for those who demand it.