Latinos are nonetheless misrepresented in Hollywood and the media, a mannequin new examine particulars : NPR


Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) attends the Netflix premiere of Gentefied in D.C. earlier this 12 months. With actors J.J. Soria, Julissa Calderon, Karrie Martin, Carlos Santos, Annie Gonzalez, and Joaquín Cosío.

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Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) attends the Netflix premiere of Gentefied in D.C. earlier this 12 months. With actors J.J. Soria, Julissa Calderon, Karrie Martin, Carlos Santos, Annie Gonzalez, and Joaquín Cosío.

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regardless of making up virtually 19 % of the inhabitants, Latinos proceed to be underrepresented or misrepresented in Hollywood, information and e book publishing, in accordance with a new report launched by the federal authorities Accountability office.

“Latinos are effectively excluded or sidelined from a lot of yankee media,” says Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which requested the report. Castro advised NPR, “that is not solely culturally inconvenient for this group, however in addition, i suppose, dangerous. as a consequence of inside the scarcity of visibility, inside the scarcity of Latino tales which might be advised in American media, there are stereotypes that fester and develop from that invisibility, from that black hole and narrative. and that is dangerous for Latinos, however i suppose it is additionally dangerous for individuals in your full.”

the major such report, launched final 12 months, found that solely 7% of staff inside the media are Latino, and solely three% are Latina. that options expertise in entrance of and behind the cameras in film, tv, and in information, and as e book authors, editors and publishers. the mannequin new report found that from 2010 to 2019, the share of media staff who’re Latino or Latina grew solely by 1%, as in contrast with a three% % rise for Latinos in fully different fields. The report found that virtually all Hispanics in media are service and craft staff.

“Hollywood particularly stays to be the major picture-defining and narrative-creating institution in American society,” Castro said when that report was launched. “And Latinos are nonetheless largely invisible on this enterprise.”

He additionally referred to as out massive newspapers, tv and streaming networks, and e book publishers for failing to recruit and retain proficient Latinos. He said some media corporations are doing elevated than others, however the problem stays.

“truly one of some methods in which you start to restore that draw again of adverse portrayals and inaccurate illustration is by collectively with extra Latinos and Latinas as C-suite executives, as showrunners and writers in Hollywood, however in addition as journalists in newsrooms, as revealed authors,” Castro said. “In fully different phrases, you get voices from the group who can communicate to the true life, real tales and representations of the group.”

He said the findings additionally demand federal intervention. the mannequin new report recommends that, amongst fully different issues, the Equal Employment alternative fee and the Federal Communications fee share information about discrimination complaints in direction of media corporations. And it recommends the unions file demographic reviews.

Castro has been meeting with dozens of media corporations to try to get them to do elevated by the Latino group. He advised NPR he was spurred to behave on the historic imbalances after the mass taking pictures in El Paso in 2019.

“You had a mad man who drove 10 hours to El Paso to kill 23 of us and injure better than 20 others as a consequence of he thought-about them ‘Hispanic invaders,'” Castro said. “You ask your self, how does anyone come to that conclusion? American media, from arduous information to Hollywood, has been working what i would take into account a style of adverse advert over generations in direction of the Latino group … Over the generations, Latinos have been disproportionately characterised as criminals, as gang members, as ex-convicts, Latinas as prostitutes, as hypersexualized on monitor and on film. these portrayals have been lopsided, they’ve predominated a lot of the media safety.” He said that impacts how individuals see Latinos, “and in addition, pretty frankly, how Latinos see themselves.”

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) publicizes findings from the latest GAO report on Latino illustration inside the media.

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