If you're looking for an industry that's forward thinking and genuinely representative when it comes to reflecting the diversity of the modern world, it's probably not best to start in Hollywood. With white men still dominating both the jobs being given, and the awards being handed out in recognition of them, it's difficult to spot too much progress over in the movie industry — an unpleasant and deeply problematic trend that multiple recent studies have shone a light onto, to limited visible effect. This is doubly true for certain groups, who find it even more difficult than most to find non-stereotyped roles within the studio system.
Increasingly, though, people are finding their voices, and the strength to speak out. The latest actor to do so?
X-Men: Apocalypse's Lana Condor Just Slammed Hollywood's Lack Of Diversity
The Asian-American Condor — who played Jubilee in the most recent X-movie, X-Men: Apocalypse — arrived in Canada a few days back in order to promote the Blu-ray and DVD release of the movie, and she didn't head north to duck questions about diversity.
As she told Inverse, Asian-Americans remain woefully underrepresented in Hollywood— something that clearly needs to change:
"We’re highly underrepresented...I love that I’m doing this because I want to show Hollywood that people don’t just like this, but it actually works, especially in big blockbusters. I’m hoping I made a small impact for us fellow Asians, in Hollywood and in life."
What's more, she was able to at least recognize the first shoots of progress in the industry, noting that she was thrilled to see Karen Fukuhara turn up as Katana in Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad:
"I was so happy to see that... Now all the franchises have one! Let’s go!"
The only problem, of course, is that both Condor and Fukuhara were restricted to small, supporting roles in their respective movies, with Fukuhara's Katana in particular being heavily criticized in some quarters for being little more than a stereotype. In an environment so light on diversity, then — and filled with controversies like those surrounding Doctor Strange and Ghost in the Shell's "white-washing" of characters — is it best to celebrate the little victories, or to continue pushing for the genuine equality that still seems so far away? Performers like Condor — and Master of None's newly Emmy-winning Alan Yang, who similarly spoke out in favor of greater diversity in recent days — may have more cause to speak out soon enough, it seems...
What do you think, though? What do you think Hollywood needs to do to increase the level of diversity in its hiring? Let us know below!