Stacy L. Smith and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative have again found that film reviewers are overwhelmingly white and male.
They released last week the second study in a three-part series that evaluated reviews posted by review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes for the top 300 highest grossing films from 2015 through 2017.
The new study found that 67.1 of the critics were male, 32.9 percent were female, and that of critics with an “ascertainable” race or ethnicity, 23.2 percent were from minority groups while 76.8 percent were white, according to the<a href=”https://newsok.com/article/feed/5592530/study-finds-diversity-in-film-criticism-lacking” target=”_blank”> Associated Press</a>.
The USC researchers suggested that the race or gender of a critic can have an effect on their reviews. They found that women of color were more likely to rate a movie with a minority female lead “Fresh” than white male critics, though researches expressed caution on those results due to small sample size. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN