More high-profile people are speaking out about diversity in Hollywood — and it's about time!
Both Lena Dunham and Gabrielle Union opened up about how to combat problems like the Oscars' recent controversy, during interviews with reporters this week at the Sundance Film Festival.
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The Girls creator opened things up by being very candid about how studios ought to take a look at diverse voices and talent in El Lay:
"If the studio system is ignoring these voices then we have a very serious problem and they are and the fact is this dialogue and the promises that the Academy has made is the beginning of shifting that, but what really needs to happens is that people need to take notice and give resources to these voices. The idea that there aren't enough diverse filmmakers or there aren't enough woman filmmakers to give jobs to, it's simply a fallacy and I know that because I'm here and I'm seeing the movies."
Well said, Lena!!!
Sounds like she's pretty much on the same page with George Clooney and Whoopi Goldberg!
Union, also at Sundance, channeled the brilliance of Shonda Rhimes and acknowledging that diversity is more than important — it's a necessity:
"I think Shonda Rhimes said it best. She said, 'I'm not a trailblazer for casting my shows like reality.' Diversity isn't brave. It's not a fad. It's reality… If you look around the room it's pretty diverse, and everyone should have a place at the table. Those are just facts."
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Union went on to reveal a dirty little secret about Hollywood's executives that, thankfully, more and more people are quickly discovering:
"Every step forward takes us further and further away from a very shameful past. I think if you see who runs Hollywood it's a very homogeneous group and they like to see themselves reflected."
Her message for people who can't see the 'truth' of diversity was even simpler:
"I don't think you have a space in Hollywood."
Now THAT would be turning the tables!!!
Above all, it's GREAT to see more people talking about diversity and taking change seriously in Hollywood!
[Image via Brian To/Charlie Steffens/WENN.]
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