Variety asks why there are so few WOC directors

The answer will not surprise you:

“What we learned through that investigation painted what I think is a disturbing picture of very long-running, systemic discrimination throughout the industry,” says Melissa Goodman, director of the LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project for the ACLU of Southern California. “We thought this was very important because the effects of this exclusion from director positions is a cultural matter. …the discrimination happening within culture production actually helps reinforce discrimination that happens in the wider world.”

There are some efforts to get POC into the director’s chair, but they require the potential director to give up time and money to spend weeks shadowing a experienced director.

The article makes it clear that there is plenty of blame to go around, there is no one smoking gun. The failures are systemic and the worst part is that they are stifling creativity. As Irene Chaiken from Empire says:

“Studios and networks — their priority is success and that’s not a bad thing,” adds Chaiken. “That’s exactly what they’re supposed to be doing. The thing that makes the biggest difference is the recognition that this is what’s going to make us all successful. Telling new stories with new voices and diversity and representation and exciting voices that haven’t been heard is what’s going to make really good, dynamic television.”

Think maybe that is why Empire is a monster hit?

That article is long, but it is a good read. You can read it here. I highly recommend it. Tell us what you think in the comments!

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