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Hollywood discrimination

I left the theater with my eyes practically rolling in the back of my head. I should have known that Jurassic World would not be revolutionary, but geez, the writers could have tried to make it a little more unpredictable: A white, strong, male protagonist meets an uptight, unmaternal, career-obsessed woman. He is charming and laid back. She’s stiff and stubborn. 

   I don’t know if it was the articles of her work uniform slowly disappearing or the wildly unrealistic six-inch heels (that she still was sporting while cantering around in the woods), but I just couldn’t ignore it–Jurassic World is excruciatingly sexist. 

   This disaster of a movie would’ve never happened if the crew wasn’t almost entirely white and male. 

   Jurassic World is one of the most successful films of all time accumulating “1.67 billion dollars in the box office” (IMDB). But why are people going to see this god awful movie? You can’t stick two dinosaurs, a male protagonist, and a damsel in distress in a movie and call it groundbreaking. Sure, it sells but there’s no real message. 

   Sure, action movies with superheroes and dinosaurs can be wildly entertaining. However, I deeply wish that Hollywood cared more about the message behind a film. Hundreds of movies have followed the same misogynistic and predictable plot a nauseating amount of times 

   This is because of the majority demographic in charge of Hollywood: White and male. 

   There’s a glass ceiling in Hollywood the size of a dinosaur amusement park, and I’ll break it with my six-inch heels if I have to. 

   There is a crucial demand for more female directors in Hollywood. There are countless new and insightful stories to be told; stories where females are not shamed for being nonmaternal and career-driven, but uplifted for showing vigor and intelligence. 

   Male producers have shot down countless women and minority films for being invaluable, not relatable, and unable to sell well to a public audience. However, last time I checked, the public audience of America is not all young teen males, which is labeled as the most sellable audience in the box office. 

    Only 31% of America is white and male. 

   If film directors continue to represent only 31% of the American population, the industry neglects the mass majority of stories that have yet to be heard. 

   Honestly, I don’t want to sit through another male protagonist romantic comedy where an attractive and nearly perfect, female love interest swoops in just in time to save said male protagonist from his sorrows. 

   These women hardly have groundbreaking personalities or intelligence past the capacity of a dinner plate; they often serve as a small appetizer to the main entree. 

   There is no relatability, reality, or complexity to any of these characters. There’s no real substance. Not that all men are guilty of this; however, I do think it takes a certain level of understanding and personal experience to describe a character realistically. 

   Films open up new narratives and perspectives that the viewer may have never come into contact with; films contain the potential to make a more sympathetic and open-minded society. Although a viewer may have never experienced what the subject of the film faces, one can empathize with their story. 

   More female directors in Hollywood means more role models for young aspiring women. Instead of a movie showcasing a female to be a secondary character, she could encompass just as many aspirations and achievements as her male counterpart. 

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