*As the 88th annual Academy Awards are set to bring a severe lack of a minority presence this weekend, a new poll dives deeper into the situation with revealing just how comfortable white people are with the current predicament.
The Huffington Post cites a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, which confirmed that a good number of white people are cool with how things are in Tinseltown regarding the way minorities are portrayed in front of the camera in Tinseltown, not to mention the amount of pull they have behind the scene.
According to poll, which surveyed U.S. adults between Feb. 4-7, one in five white people believe Hollywood does not provide an adequate number of roles to minorities and should produce more films by and starring them. As for those with an opinion regarding the diversity issue, the survey found that 62 percent of white people are happy with the number of movies by and starring racial minorities, while 74 percent believe there is an adequate amount of work available for them.
Adding to all of this is the 14 percent of white people who would like to see fewer films by and about non-white people.
Needless to say, the poll’s findings mark a sharp contrast as it revealed that 75 percent of black people with an opinion would like Hollywood to produce more movies by and about racial minorities as well as 87 percent who believe the industry does not provide enough opportunities to racial minorities.
The Post goes on to note that the content feelings about the state of the movie and TV industry among white people are the result of them seeing themselves when they watch a film or TV show. Referencing a recently published study from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the publication reports that white people accounted for 87 percent of directors in the TV and movie industry and are overrepresented in front of the camera. The percentage of white directors comes much higher than the percentage of whites in the general population of the U.S.
For more on the results from the HuffPost/YouGov poll, click here.