As the TV and movie awards season draws to a close with the culminating event of last night, The Oscars, I am left with unease at the lack of black, Latino/a, Asian, native American, non-white faces in Hollywood and TV. Hooray for Taraji P. Henson’s and Viola Davis’ nominations, Penelope Cruz’s Best Supporting Actress win, as well as the overwhelming success of Slumdog Millionaire. After the show ended, ABC showcased its upcoming Primetime season. There were no minorities in leading roles and very few minorities in any roles.
Entertainment Weekly published a special report, “Diversity in Entertainment: Why is TV so White?” focusing on the 2008-2009 series. It found that in the “fall 2008 series, each of the five major broadcast networks is whiter than the Caucasian percentage (66.2 percent) of the United States population, as per the 2007 census estimate.”