Why Rolling Stone Claims Hollywood Isn’t Diverse Enough – and Why That’s Stupid

Brittany M. Hughes | February 24, 2016
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Mere days before the so-called "White Oscars" airs on ABC, Rolling Stone – the same bastion of cultural insight that brought us shining literary gems like overtly biased gun control hit pieces and embarassingly false rape allegations – is now claiming "proof" that Hollywood isn’t diverse enough.

That’s right. Hollywood isn’t diverse enough.

Based on a study called "The Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity" the liberal rag magazine alleges that minority populations are underrepresented throughout the moviemaking business, claiming that women, people of color and LGBT groups have been pushed to the fringes of the industry (presumably by the Big Bad White Man):

Studying 414 films and shows, the study found that only one-third of speaking characters were female, with only 28.3 percent from minority groups and a mere 2 percent as LGBT-identified. Only seven of the overall 11,306 speaking characters were transgendered – and four of those came from the same series.

The problem is, the same data Rolling Stone uses to push its discrimination claim is proportionate to the American population.

According to 2014 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 62 percent of the population in the United States is made up of non-Hispanic whites. Blacks made up only about 13 percent, while Latinos made up about 17 percent. So to say only 30 percent of all speaking roles were given to minority groups is actually pretty closely in line with the larger nationwide demographic.

Similarly, Rolling Stone complains that only two percent of all speaking roles were given to people who identified as LGBT. But a Gallup poll taken in May 2015 shows less than four percent of all Americans identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender – much lower than the 23 percent that most Americans guessed when asked what percentage of the U.S. population was LGBT.

The article also takes issue with only seven of the 11,306 speaking roles being given to transgendered people. But an early 2015 New York Times article attempting to estimate America’s transgender population claims only about .3 percent of all Americans are transgender, based on studies of personal information data from the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Rolling Stone added:

The "inclusivity index" gauged 10 companies – Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox, Sony, NBC Universal, CBS, Time Warner and Viacom – and found all of the six major studios falling below a 20 percent overall grade. Time Warner earned a depressing 0 percent. Overall, the report dubbed the film industry a "straight, white, boys' club."

The film industry. A straight, white, boys’ club. The film industry.

But what would make this less irritating, perhaps, is if this same complaint didn’t echo throughout other facets of American life. For example, the city council of Charlotte, N.C. this past week joined more than a hundred other localities who’ve expanded their anti-discrimination ordinance to include gender identity and expression so that transgendered people won’t feel left out of society. The new language prohibits private businesses from refusing service to customers based on their preferred or displayed gender, and – even more controversially – allows transgendered persons to use public restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

So a person who is biologically male, complete with in-tact male anatomy, can now walk into a locker room in which women and young girls are changing and using the bathroom by simply claiming to identify as a woman, and there’s not a thing anyone can do about it.

All this, for .3 percent of the population.

In an attempt to fight back against an all-out assault on people of faith who’ve chosen not to be so open-minded that their brains fall out of their heads, legislators in states like Virginia are passing bills to protect religious freedom so religiously faithful business owners don’t get sued, bankrupted and shut down for doing something as egregious as politely refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. Unfortunately, most of these bills are killed in the legislature, vetoed or overturned in court, leaving a trail of exhausted state resources along the way.

All this, for 3.5 percent of the population.

Add this to the slew of colleges and universities whose students have lost their minds over perceptions of racism, demanding mandatory inclusivity classes, promoting guilt-inducing discrimination propaganda, initiating “safe spaces” for non-white, non-male students, and forcing faculty resignations over perceived racism. Now, even some high schools are getting into the game of teaching non-minority groups that they’re somehow oppressing everyone else.

This begs the question: if Hollywood isn’t diverse enough, when will the Left's rabid propaganda-pushers decide that America is?

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