Hispanics, Asians, And African Americans

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Hispanics, Asians, and African-Americans in Hollywood Movies Writers and directors are two of the most important positions playing decisive roles in successful movies. While writers are responsible for writing the script, directors are in control of the whole production of a movie including casting actors, choosing costumes, and adjusting the script to suit characters’ personalities and the plot. Thus, writers and directors have powerful influence over who will be chosen to be actors, what will be presented in movies, and how it will be presented. Seven yearly reports from 2007 to 2014 of researchers at the University of Southern California showed that across 700 films and 30,835 characters, nearly 75% of the characters were white (Smith et al. 2). Major characters in the Hollywood film industry have been Caucasians. The fact is that Black, Asian, Latino, Middle Eastern, and others racial groups only make up approximately 25% of characters. Not only in film casting, racial stereotypes have also been presented via the appearance of characters. Hollywood writers and directors should have a social responsibility to avoid stereotyping ethnic characters due to the unequal employment opportunity and misrepresentation of Hispanics, Asians, and African-Americans in Hollywood movies. Audiences supporting American movies may say that what is portrayed in films is the reflection of reality because it is hard to ask for the audience’s engagement if they are not able to share the same feelings with the characters; however, the writers and directors in Hollywood should have more responsibility to avoid misrepresentation of Hispanics in their movies. One of the stereotypical movies is Spanglish, a comedy drama movie released in 2004 by James Bro... ... middle of paper ... ...uld have more social responsibility to avoid black stereotypes. Hollywood writers and directors do have responsibility to avoid stereotyping ethnic characters due to the whitewashing and misrepresentation of Hispanics, Asians, and African-Americans in American movies. Their lack of social responsibility includes choosing Caucasians to present non-white characters and underrepresenting the characters of color. The filmmakers should show more responsibility to audience and society by offering equal opportunity in casting and precise representing people of minorities. Despite the existence of many different types of ethnic stereotypes, the audiences should think thoroughly about what is portrayed in movies because the information conveyed may be inaccurate. The proper understanding will help audiences avoid misunderstandings of other ethnic groups or ethnic stereotypes.

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