Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism

Reel Inequality Hollywood Actors and Racism When the Oscar acting nominations all went to whites for the second consecutive year OscarsSoWhite became a trending topic Yet these enduring racial biases afflict not only the Academy Awards b

  • Title: Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism
  • Author: Nancy Wang Yuen
  • ISBN: 9780813586298
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Paperback
  • When the 2016 Oscar acting nominations all went to whites for the second consecutive year, OscarsSoWhite became a trending topic Yet these enduring racial biases afflict not only the Academy Awards, but also Hollywood as a whole Why do actors of color, despite exhibiting talent and bankability, continue to lag behind white actors in presence and prominence Reel InequaWhen the 2016 Oscar acting nominations all went to whites for the second consecutive year, OscarsSoWhite became a trending topic Yet these enduring racial biases afflict not only the Academy Awards, but also Hollywood as a whole Why do actors of color, despite exhibiting talent and bankability, continue to lag behind white actors in presence and prominence Reel Inequality examines the structural barriers minority actors face in Hollywood, while shedding light on how they survive in a racist industry The book charts how white male gatekeepers dominate Hollywood, breeding a culture of ethnocentric storytelling and casting Nancy Wang Yuen interviewed nearly a hundred working actors and drew on published interviews with celebrities, such as Viola Davis, Chris Rock, Gina Rodriguez, Oscar Isaac, Lucy Liu, and Ken Jeong, to explore how racial stereotypes categorize and constrain actors Their stories reveal the day to day racism actors of color experience in talent agents offices, at auditions, and on sets Yuen also exposes sexist hiring and programming practices, highlighting the structural inequalities that actors of color, particularly women, continue to face in Hollywood This book not only conveys the harsh realities of racial inequality in Hollywood, but also provides vital insights from actors who have succeeded on their own terms, whether by sidestepping the system or subverting it from within Considering how their struggles impact real world attitudes about race and diversity, Reel Inequality follows actors of color as they suffer, strive, and thrive in Hollywood.

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    1. Reel Inequality looks at Hollywood racism and the treatment given to actors of colour. I always knew that Hollywood was discriminatory, but Nancy Wang Yuen is able to give stats and numbers to show just how racist and prejudiced Hollywood actually is. Did you know that you're more likely to see an alien than an Asian woman in a movie? Wang Yuen discusses the double bind that actors of colour face when they have to take on stereotypical roles because there are no other roles for them. She also ta [...]

    2. Like the red pill in The Matrix, Reel Inequality peels back Hollywood's curtain of fantasy to reveal a complex filtration system put in place to maintain the status quo. If you've ever wondered why the racial and cultural representation in modern day film and television fails to mirror the real world--and doubly so if you haven't--this book is a must-read!Compelling firsthand accounts from industry insiders (ranging from struggling working actors all the way to A-list celebrities) illuminate the [...]

    3. I devoured this book. Nancy Yuen manages to express so many of the frustrations I've felt over Hollywood and misrepresentation for years. But she does so eloquently and in a crystal clear way.

    4. I had the pleasure of reading an early copy. Reel Inequality takes a popular topic, provides sociological analysis and makes it accessible to the average reader. I highly recommend it!

    5. As the first in my family to earn a doctorate and to write a book, I am indebted to the 100+ actors' voices who sustained me through sixteen years of research and writing. I hope these voices can inform the world about racism in Hollywood, and inspire us to work toward a just society. Peace, Nancy

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