It’s not a secret that the Hollywood industry prefers white people as lead actors, we’ve seen the Oscar Whitewashing this year, and many movies star white actors when they should have black or Asian actors instead. And Master of None‘s Aziz Ansari discussed about the race inequality in romantic movies and the lack of diversity in the movie industry.
For starters, to make his point about lack of diversity, he gave the example of movies adapted from Nicholas Sparks‘ novels, who, guess what, only star white lead actors.
“There’s a poster right outside our writer’s room, it’s one of those Nicholas Sparks books where it’s just two white people just staring at each other. It’s like, there’s been 20 of those movies – not once is it a black woman staring into a guy’s eyes. You know, everyone has romance in their lives. It’s strange that every time it’s two white people falling in love.”
And writers’ rooms could be like that, too.
“You have a writer’s room and someone’s like, ‘Well let’s hire one black guy or one woman to be in this writer’s room.’ And it’s like, no you should hire a couple.”
Plus he called out the casting system for not having enough black color people.
“Excuses get so tiresome and I think everyone’s seen through the bulls—. ‘There’s just no stars that look like that.’ Well how come you find the white guy stars? You make it happen for people that look a certain way … And the people that are part of the system, they know how to make someone famous, they just don’t do it for people who [don’t] look a certain way.”
And opened up about the problem females face in Hollywood:
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“I think I was talking to some of the cast mates on Parks and Recreation, I think I was talking to Aubrey [Plaza], and she was telling me like, if you start typing ‘Aubrey Plaza’ into Google – or any female celebrity’s name for that matter – if you start typing it into Google, the first thing that comes up is ‘Aubrey Plaza feet.’
“There’s just this insane online foot culture and it doesn’t exist for guys, and then I started thinking about, you know how there’s just kind of the online harassment of female celebrities that just doesn’t exist for men.”