Times Up -- Film Critics Should Be More Diverse
A few weeks ago, we highlighted a study by USC researcher Stacy L. Smith which found that of the reviews of the 100 top-grossing films of 2017 featured on RottenTomatoes.com, nearly 80% were written by men -- a ratio of 3.5 to 1. Similarly, 82% of critics were white. Drawing attention to the lack of diversity in film criticism, Time’s Up and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative announced on Wednesday they are addressing the issue and will be launching a database containing the names of entertainment journalists and critics from underrepresented groups. The database, known as Critical, already has more than 200 journalists and will officially launch in the coming months. The tool is intended to allow studios, film critics associations, and others to more easily find and connect with journalists and critics from underrepresented communities. The USC study also prompted action by the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals, both of which have pledged 20% of their press credentials to minorities to better reflect the American population. More here.