LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood diversity discussion has reached the point of supersaturation online: Not a scrap of movie or TV news escapes the boiling rage of fans, bloggers — even filmmakers — who are fed up with the indisputable fact that women and minorities are heinously underrepresented here.
Hollywood producers seem to be operating under the notion that by sprinkling their hero fantasy features with a few questionably placed female roles, they are appeasing the deep seated, emotionally fueled issue of gender inequality in the media. While this issue is not a new debate, all of a sudden there seems to be a flux of rage from both viewers and non-viewers of these films arguing for better representation of women in the media.
Seen prominently across all social media platforms, fans have been voicing their concerns with many recent choices made by the media on how to portray women. Whether or not it was the driving force of the rehashing of the discussion, the public announcement that the new Thor would be depicted as a woman (albeit a very masculine one, but still a woman) seemed to fan the flames. Did they think this was what people were asking for? The female Thor has been described as a patronizing attempt by Marvel at including women in their films. The character is considered to be a “woman inhabiting a man’s role instead of the meaningful development of a female character”. It was a nice effort but Marvel seems to have completely missed the boat on this one.
And this isn’t the only example under fire. Another one that seems to be popping up everywhere is the deletion of the powerful Dornish princess, Arianne Martell from the next season of Game of Thrones. The plot instead becomes her brother lusting for power rather than a strong female, which is an all too common concept on the show already. Many consider this to be an incredibly poor choice for the show’s producers and leaves fans everywhere wondering when we’ll finally get our fix of not just women on the screen, but also women behind the screen.