Hollywood’s Female ProblemRandy Shawbyline‚ Jan. 15‚ 2013
While President Obama is justifiably criticized for not appointing women to key positions, Hollywood’s even more extreme gender discrimination is given a pass. A recent New York Times story was headlined, “Female Directors Gain Ground, Slowly,” despite the number of women directing one of the top 250 films falling from 11% in 2000 to 9% in 2012. 90% of films directed by men is “gaining ground”? Well, it was only 5% in 2011, so somehow a reduction from the 2000 figure is still considered “progress.” Movies directed by men include less than 30% female characters, and these roles are still disproportionately girlfriends or mothers of the central male actor. Oscar season reminds us that the Hollywood “liberals” who donated to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign and back other women political candidates are complete hypocrites toward their own industry practices.