From the lack of characters with disabilities on television (there were six according to a 2010 survey) to the whitewashing of characters of color on the big screen (think The Last Airbender, the upcoming Hunger Games), to a sore lack of leading non-white characters on this summer’s blockbuster roster, Hollywood seems to have little interest in reflecting its viewers.
For the most recent issue of Bitch, I had the pleasure of interviewing Rebecca Yee, the former National Director and Senior EEO Counsel of Screen Actors Guild Affirmative Action & Diversity. As an industry insider and someone who directly works to advocate for diverse casting, Rebecca is an amazing resource when it comes to the role of consumers in media diversity, what representing the “American Scene” looks like, and the efficacy of rubrics like the Bechdel Test. Here’s an excerpt of our conversation for this week’s podcast. And to read our full interview, check out the latest issue of Bitch!