The Hollywood Commission, chaired by Anita Hill, has released the results of its entertainment industry survey on bias. (Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN, AFP/Getty Images)
A major survey calls for entertainment industry-wide change after revealing that less than half of all respondents (49%) believe diversity and inclusion are core industry values.
The Hollywood Commission report released Thursday further broke down the numbers to show the disparity of thinking between gender and race. For example, 63% of white men said they saw people in the industry welcoming and valuing diverse backgrounds often, compared with 42% of white women and only 27% of Black women.
The findings come with the second part of the industry-wide worker survey, released by the Anita Hill-chaired Hollywood Commission. The report reveals significant differences in perceptions and experiences of bias and inclusion, with the findings urging the industry to make an organizational commitment to diversity.
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“Research clearly shows that diversity and inclusion is not only the right thing to do, it is good for creativity, productivity and the bottom line,” Hill, a professor of social policy and gender studies at Brandeis University, said in a statement accompanying the report.
The new survey found the differences in thinking in views on change – with an overwhelming number of men (75%) holding a positive perception of progress made in welcoming diverse backgrounds and perspectives compared to 63% of women.
White men have the most positive view of industry progress in diversity (78%), followed by Black men (67%). Women were less impressed with forward movement, with 66% of white women, 50% of biracial women and 47% of Black women believing that Hollywood has made progress.
Hill urged the entertainment industry to step up on diversity and inclusion while holding “the unique potential to tell the stories of today’s richly diverse world. To get there, the barriers to underrepresented people being valued and in ‘the room where it happens’ must be eliminated. And once they do get into ‘the room where it happens,’ they must not be the only one.”
The commission’s first report on sexual harassment accountability was released Sept. 27.
The Hollywood Commission was formed in late 2017, shortly after sexual harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein rocked the industry and forced a reckoning with sexual misconduct in the workplace. Hill, a prominent voice against sexual harassment ever since her 1991 accusations against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, was named head of the group.
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