Despite their bleeding heart, liberal stance on equality and politics, Hollywood seems to sometimes have a hard time practicing what they preach.
The TV and Film Industry is still a straight white man’s world. The numbers don’t lie. Even though there has been some growth in the area of race, other areas such as sexual orientation and especially gender identity have been largely ignored.
There was a notable increase in films with gay speaking characters in 2016, 36 up from 19, but there were zero transgender characters and most LGB characters were white men. Of the top 100 films 76 had no LGBT presence at all and only one film, Moonlight, featured a gay protagonist.
The majority of consumers in America are still straight white men, but that doesn’t mean that Hollywood hasn’t been at the forefront of change.
Change is slow and you can’t force change on people all at once or they will rebel against it. Film makers are experts in the art of subtlety, and good film makers know how to manipulate you to get you to think the way they want you to think and see what they want you to see.
There have always been gay characters written into films even if you, the viewer wasn’t aware of it. Take for example the Hitchcock classic “Rope”! To some this may be obvious but to others this may come as a total shock. The two main characters in the film were actually a gay couple, though it is never put out there in the film, the subtext and the book the film is based off of says it all.
As homosexuality gains acceptance in the worlds eye (and rest assured it is, though sometimes it doesn’t seem like it) the boundary will be pushed further and further. Even today we are seeing show and movies represent gay people in a way that they never would have in the past, most notable is the Star Trek franchise. Star Trek Beyond the film and Star Trek Discovery the TV series both set a new precedent by not only having gay characters represented, but buy giving them leading roles.
Hollywood is a straight white man’s world but our place in that world is growing. It is up to us to keep pushing, keep moving forward and keep holding society accountable.