Diversity in Hollywood has become a hot-button topic as of late but The Hollywood Reporter didn’t help move the conversation forward when they rolled out its latest roundtable cover to commemorate its five-year anniversary.
The magazine pitted the minds of Kate Winslet, Jane Fonda, Carey Mulligan, Brie Larson, Helen Mirren and Charlotte Rampling together for the annual actress sitdown and while the lineup reads rather lily-white on paper, it paled in comparison from the visual reality once the cover was unveiled.
It seems almost unfathomable that a top-tier publication could largely ignore women of color within Hollywood ranks, especially when the topic of conversation harbored on discriminatory sex scene casting, pay gap differences between them and their male counterparts and speaking freely but The Hollywood Reporter took their shot, nevertheless.
This year alone has seen film and TV make greater efforts to capture a better reflection of society and with the visibility from stars such as Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o, Uzo Aduba and Constance Wu–just to name a few–one lone representative on the cover shouldn’t have been too much of a task.
After peeping the inevitable backlash (the outlet sheepishly deleted the initial cover article tweet), The Hollywood Reporter’s Executive Managing Editor, Stephen Galloway wrote a counter article dubbed “Why Every Actress on The Hollywood Reporter Roundtable Cover Is White.” To summarize the excuse, was the only actresses who were generating an Oscar buzz were the white ones.
As you can see from the reactions below, that explanation just wasn’t good enough.
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