As if movies in Hollywood weren’t already dominated by white men both on and off screen, a new study shows that the movie critics in charge of reviewing these very films are even less diverse. Researchers from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative covered 19,559 reviews from leading U.S. newspapers, websites, and outlets, and found that 82% of reviews of 2017’s top-grossing films were penned by white critics. Meanwhile, writers from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups were only responsible for 18% of reviews of top movies even though they make up 38.7% of the population.
And as if those statistics weren’t disheartening enough, 77.8% of the reviews studied were authored by men, while female critics only wrote 22.2%. That comes out to a ratio of 3.5 male critics to every 1 female writer.
This news doesn’t come as a surprise, of course, but Twitter is demanding change.
In 2016, Meryl Streep pointed out this huge gender disparity when she found out that the lack of female film reviewers is adversely influencing the box office performance of female-centric films.
We all know that Hollywood has a long history of favoring white men over every other group, and we hope that this study paves the way for marginalized factions to get the representation they deserve. Here’s to inclusion and diversity.