"This year, some of the biggest success stories in film and television disproved the notion that audiences cannot relate to a non-white, non-male protagonist or set of characters. Fast and Furious, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the new Avengers movie all gave us strong female protagonists and a more diverse cast of characters and succeeded enormously. On the flip side, many movies criticized for whitewashing or homogenizing roles that should have gone to minorities, such as Exodus, Stonewall and Peter Pan, flopped. With an all-female Ghostbusters coming in 2016 and more diverse movies and television shows on the way, is diversity a selling point? Are there financial incentives to telling more diverse stories from a variety of perspectives, and is it then right to specifically avoid casting white male actors in roles that previously would have favoured them?
Hall: Markham B
Track: Pop Culture and Media