08 September 2016

Inequality in 800 Popular Films: Examining Portrayals of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, LGBT and Disability from 2007-2015

Dr Stacy L Smith‘s Media, Diversity, & Social Change (MDSC) Initiative examines inequality on screen and behind the camera across the 100 top‐grossing domestic films. To date, they have evaluated 35,205 characters across 800 of the most popular movies from 2007‐2015.

Every independent speaking or named character on screen was assessed for gender, race/ethnicity and LGBT status as well as a variety of demographic, domesticity, and sexualization measures. In 2015, MDSC began assessing the portrayal of character disability as well.

This is the most comprehensive and rigorous intersectional analysis of independent speaking and named characters in popular motion picture content to date.

Click here to read or download a pdf of Inequality in 800 Popular Films, 2007-2015.