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While racism isn’t pardonable neither is the forced changes in the name of the color, While White privilege is a thing indeed but the preferences to include racial paradigm will dilute the creative inflow and damage the industry.
Yes, more representation is indeed a necessity but should it come at the cost of firing the existing employees and call it a necessary step for racial and gender diversity.
A shift toward wokeism has also stifled creativity as writers tread carefully to avoid offending viewers, if it isn’t politically correct then it is of no use, political correctness it seems have stifled freedom of expression, and why can’t humor and creativity go hand in hand and contribute to the overall growth.
Growing emphasis on diversity in Hollywood will be the death knell of show business as white men are cast aside for minorities in a trend that’s likely to end in a sizable lawsuit, entertainment insiders warn. Well, diversity is indeed the need of the hour, but the question is what is at stake.
How would this help in solving the problem of racial equity? If racism is taught then one must start from the very basic level, but to overhaul an existing structure with overt political correctness and no ability to sustain itself, how is that even rational.
A shift toward wokeism – pushed by the Academy Awards and left-leaning networks – has stifled creativity as writers tread carefully to avoid offending any viewers, according to an article by LA-based writers Peter Kiefer and Peter Savodnik published on Bari Weiss’s Common Sense substack.
As once-popular shows such as the Sex and the City reboot tank, one showrunner shared a series of emails that detailed how women and people of color applicants are getting preferential treatment.
‘This is all going to end in a class-action lawsuit, legendary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has lashed out at this trend, telling Bill Maher last summer: ‘Ideology trumps art. Ideology trumps individual effort. Ideology trumps good.’
The entertainment industry – once ruled by John Wayne films and period pieces – is working to atone for its white-dominated past. Indeed it is a step towards the right direction and an important thing that must be done.
At least one filmmaker has openly admitted to refusing to cast white actors. Jordan Peele, whose work includes horror flicks ‘Get Out’ and ‘Us’, said black people would always star in his films. ‘I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie,’ he told Hollywood Reporter in 2019. ‘Not that I don’t like white dudes, but I’ve seen that movie.’
The Academy Awards is leading the charge with its ‘aperture’ initiative, which in 2024 will require best picture films to meet two of four racial, ethnic, or sexuality standards to be eligible for the coveted golden trophy.
The industry’s most prestigious industry has pointedly begun breaking recognizing minority talent during its annual ceremony. In 2020, the critically-acclaimed South Korean movie Parasite became the first foreign film to pick up the award for best picture.
While no one doubted the merit of those being awarded, some – such as veteran film producer Howard Koch – said the growing emphasis on racial diversity has gone to extremes.
‘I’m all for LGBT and Native Americans, blacks, females, whatever minorities that have not been served correctly in the making of content, whether it’s television or movies or whatever, but I think it’s gone too far,’ he told Bari Weiss. ‘I know a lot of very talented people that can’t get work because they’re not black, Native American, female or LGBTQ.’
Hollywood isn’t shifting toward diversity because it’s the right thing to do – it’s doing so because it’s profitable. And for this, someone has to play the scapegoat.