For every female character speaking or named in a widely distributed TV show or movie, there are two male characters. For every female director making those shows and movies, there are 5.6 men. For every woman in the highest levels of decision-making at Hollywood studios, there are four men.
For every non-white character on screen, there are roughly 2.5 white ones. For every non-white director, there are roughly 6.7 white ones.
Just two percent of characters are identified as LGBT.
The top-line takeaways from USC’s Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity in Entertainment, released today, paint a bleak picture of inclusivity in Hollywood, at a time when movements including #OscarsSoWhite and a campaign to reduce the gender gap seem to be constantly making headlines. The statistics also undercut the critics or viewers who claim that “political correctness” rules TV casting decisions. By almost no metric does popular entertainment reflect the diversity of the United States: There are more white people, more men, and more straight people on-screen than there are in the general population, sometimes by a drastic measure.
The USC report looked at 109 major-studio movies released in 2014 and 305 scripted shows from TV networks and streaming services released from September 2014 to the end of August 2015. It examined the gender, racial, and sexual-minority status of characters with speaking roles; the gender and race of directors for movies and TV premiere episodes; the gender of writers of movies and of TV premiere episodes; and the gender of top-level executives at major entertainment companies. It also assigned “inclusivity ratings” to each of the studios, most of which were found to have failed by nearly every standard.