how this tumblr is calling out hollywood's lack of diversity

Every Single Word edits together every word spoken by a person of color in Hollywood blockbusters into tellingly short films.

by Charlotte Gush
09 July 2015, 3:42pm

New York-based writer and performer Dylan Marron has developed a very simple, but very effective way of illustrating the problem Hollywood has with representing people of color. Marron takes blockbuster films, including Moonrise Kingdom, (500) Days of Summer, Her and many more, and edits them down to the screentime given to actors of color with speaking parts. The films are collected on his Tumblr, Every Single Word (Spoken by a Person of Colour).

The results are undeniable. Moonrise Kingdom (1h34 in total) is the worst so far, clocking in at only 10 seconds, with 5 seconds taken up by the titles and end credits. Wes Anderson has repeatedly been criticized for his almost exclusively white casting, with Whoopi Goldberg recently joking that she would be prepared to do anything in order to inject some diversity into the director's films.

(500) Days of Summer (1h37 in total) is reduced to just 30 seconds (including titles and credits), and Her (2h06) amounts to just 46 seconds. Let's hope filmmakers take note of this creatively damning exposé. They should if they want to win an Oscar, after the appointment of a new, more diverse wave of Academy members who will surely be more engaged with the topic of diversity than their predominantly white, male predecessors.

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