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Hollywood big-screen diversity out of step with US: Study

Published on Aug 5, 2014 6:21 AM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Hollywood has not meaningfully increased the number of minority characters on the big screen and Hispanics were the most underrepresented in films, a study released on Monday said.

About three-quarters of film characters were white last year, which was in line with annual totals over the previous five years, according to the study, conducted by the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

But in its evaluation of 3,932 speaking characters in 100 films from last year, researchers determined that 5 per cent of characters on screen were Hispanics compared with 17.1 per cent of the US population in 2013, according to government figures.

"Hispanics and Latinos are one of the fastest-growing groups in the US," Marc Choueiti, an author of the study, said in a statement. "If popular films were the only way to gauge diversity, viewers would be completely unaware of this. Individuals from this group are almost invisible on screen." Furthermore, the study found that Hispanic men and women were the most sexualised group in Hollywood, with 37.5 per cent of female characters shown partially or fully naked, and 16.5 per cent of males portrayed in revealing or tight clothing.

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