“Hollywood is full of actors who are white but can’t dress for Halloween”: The rise of white Hollywood starlets
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Hollywood has always had a problem with diversity.
There are more black actors than white actors in films and TV shows, but the number of white actors is still much higher than that of black actors.
Now, that problem is spreading.
In a world that is becoming increasingly white, the most successful actors have to work hard to look white.
As of 2018, there were just 1.3 million white actors.
According to Forbes, the number is expected to rise to 2.1 million by 2040.
The problem isn’t just a matter of demographics.
In an age where Hollywood is increasingly dominated by men, white actors can be a source of embarrassment.
As the Huffington Post pointed out, white actor Oscar Isaac recently tweeted, “There is no room for me in Hollywood.
I have to do something to make myself more visible and that’s to dress more like a white man.”
It’s not just Hollywood.
In 2017, black actress Margo Martindale had to make the rounds of the red carpet to get noticed by the industry.
While she is known for her roles in the “Ghostbusters” films, she’s also known for playing a white, working-class character in “A Beautiful Mind.”
She’s been criticized for not being able to walk in Hollywood’s red carpet for the past year.
“I think it’s very sad that we are becoming the last bastion of white representation in Hollywood,” Martindales told People magazine.
“I think the people who are doing that are doing it to try to be a little more palatable, to make it less shocking, to be more of a ‘nice girl’ or ‘cool’ to be.
And that’s really, really dangerous.”
Martindales also pointed out that the industry is in the process of making its way toward a “safe space” where people of color can be seen, while white actors are not.
“That’s the first step,” she said.
“Then, the next step is for people of colour to not be able to have to be invisible, or being looked at, because that’s the only way they are going to be able be noticed.
While this may be a symptom of the times, it’s still an important one to acknowledge.
Hollywood, like other industries, is now moving toward a world where diversity and representation is the norm.
And while some of this may seem strange, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s becoming more difficult for white actors to stand out.
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Hollywood has always had a problem with diversity.There are more black actors than white actors in films and TV shows,…