There’s a repetitive and furious effort to attempt to downplay and dismiss concerns raised (and raised, and raised) about representation – the attempts to minimize those longstanding and wholly legitimate concerns sound something like
“Oh, you’re just concerned about money” (well – yes o.O)
“This isn’t really important; it’s just Hollywood” or “just television”
“I don’t know why you’re concerned about how many celebrities who do or don’t look like you are on TV when there are so many other things to worry about”.
Thing is (not like anyone reading this doesn’t already know this, but it bears repeating) – people who say things like this are hoping people whose lives are negatively influenced by harmful repeated stereotypes either don’t notice or don’t already know that imagery in mainstream media is deliberately and purposefully utilized to reinforce existing social trends and strengthen the status quo.
But that’s, like, Media & Communications Theory 101.
So - since it’s axiomatic that we have to be at least twice as smart to get half as far - of course we know it already.
(Hollywood Color of Change appears to be an outgrowth project from the original Color of Change organization run by Randall Robinson, with which people here may already be familiar (he is cited). I will try to confirm later with more detail.)
H/T Janelle Harris (@thegirlcanwrite)