GLAAD released its first study on the diversity of Hollywood films and the news is not great.
The GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index examined the six largest film studios – 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Columbia, Universal Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios, and Warner Brothers – in terms of how inclusive they were in containing characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. In looking at 101 movie releases from the studios in 2012, only 14 had LGBT characters.
“As a major influence in American culture and one of our nation's largest media exports abroad, the lack of LGBT characters in big-budget films needs to change,” said GLAAD's Wilson Cruz in the organizations's press release. “Until LGBT characters are depicted in these films in a substantial way with more regularity, there will remain the appearance of LGBT bias on the studios’ part."
"Whether it's an action hero or a supporting character, moviegoers should be able to see LGBT people as integral players in the stories told by leading Hollywood studios.”
Here are some of the findings from the index:
• More than half of those inclusive films (55.6%) featured gay male characters, while another 33% featured lesbian characters and 11% contained bisexual characters. Male characters represented 63% of LGBT images on screen, while female characters made up just 37%
• Of the 31 different characters counted (some of whom were onscreen for no more than a few seconds), 26 were white (83.9%), 4 were Black/African American (12.9%) and 1 was Latino (3.2%). There were no Asian-Pacific Islander or recognizably multi-racial LGBT characters counted.
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• The most common place to find LGBT characters in the major studios’ 2012 releases was in comedies, where nine of the 24 comedies released (37.5%) were inclusive.
Films like "The Perks of Being a WallFlower" and "Pitch Perfect" had LGB characters. Of all of the films, none had transgendered characters.
GLAAD has developed Vito Russo Test as a way of judging the films. The criteria includes that the character identify as LGBT and that they must be an integral part of the plot. Less than half of the films that contained LGBT characters passed the test.
Universal Pictures had the most LGBT characters represented, the study said.
Well, great for us that big budget movies don't equal social realities. Seriously, GLAAD you look a bit rediculous with this study. Also, there are plenty of indie films and docu-dramas that represent, and are much more genuine than Blockbusters anyways.
Lacking? idiots, that's because gay people are a huge minority and quite frankly, most "real" people don't know any or want to know any let alone watch them in a movie ot TV show.
"Welcome to the club"
-signed every minority group in the world
The reason is because WE DON'T WANT THEM IN OUR MOVIES!!!!
We want to be entertained not disturbed. I am all for hot lesbians making out in movies I applaud and agree that there isn't enough of that. Now two dudes or some butches No Thanks.
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do we have her as filed?
this one time i was so drunk on vodka and lemonade that i sh!t my pants while trying to fart. it was this thin, greasy gruel running down the back of my jeans and down my pant legs. there i was in the middle of the bar, drunk off my azz in sh!tty pants, reeking up a storm. still managed to get lucky that night though.
If she wants the d she gots to give up the p.
Unlike TV, where it appears to be a requirement to have one token Gay. let me say this, some of us "breeders" like have movies about us too. If you want more gays in film, then get off your lazy protesting butts and make some. Not all of the world wakes up every morning to thinking how we will adopt a gay or bow to one each dam* day.
Breeders have had their own movies for decades.
I'm so GLAD I don't have to watch 2 guys making out in whatever film I plan on seeing this weekend:) Maybe we should start having parades claiming how proud we are for being straight!!! Ow wait that would be considered PREJUDICE and would be offensive to some thin skinned cry babies residing in San Francisco and in Hollywood!!!
Straight people can have their parade after they’ve endured centuries of persecution for their God-given orientation.
Who really cares what GLAAD thinks?
Well maybe they should consider starting to write some films with gay characters instead of waiting for someone else to do it.
Thank you, GLAAD, for keeping track of this and reminding us of the disparity between gays and straights in the entertainment industry. It's only fair to have more Gay or LGBT people in movies. When is the last time you went to a summer blockbuster featuring an openly gay superhero? When that new Superman/Batman movie comes out in a couple years, I want to see the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight doing a 69 on each other!
I'm pretty sure the Hulk was gay in that Avengers movie last year - you could almost cut the s exual tension between him and Thor with a knife. Plus he always pranced around with this shirt off.
Gays were very well represented in all the porn I viewed this year.
You're a disgusting troll. Why don't you go away with your disgusting comments and grow up.
go away and grow up yerself, ya mo-ron.
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