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Why Hollywood fails to portray diversity

It's no secret that there are precious few roles in Hollywood for racial minorities, but many online seem to think the problem lies with the industry "gatekeepers."
Chandra Johnson, Deseret News Modified: August 7, 2014 at 6:26 pm •  Published: August 11, 2014

A study from the University of Southern California released this week has joined a chorus of studies extolling a lack of diversity in Hollywood this year.

The USC report found that Hispanics were the least portrayed in Hollywood, with only 4.9 percent of speaking parts in 2013 films. Seventeen percent of films in the same year had no speaking roles for black actors.

The study is at least the third to come out about Hollywood's lack of diversity just this year — UCLA released one in February highlighting race and GLAAD released another last month wagging a finger at a lack of LGBT characters.

While the problem of Hollywood characters being predominantly white and straight is not new, the proposed reasons behind it are greatly varied and hotly debated online.

Think money could be behind the disparity? Not so, as NPR reported earlier this year — the UCLA study found that films with diversified casts actually netted more revenue than those with less diversity.

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