Apparently, Hollywood handing an Oscar to the pederast fantasy "Call Me By Your Name" this past year was not enough to satisfy the LGBTQ representation quota, according to GLAAD.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, GLAAD has given Hollywood movie studios a failing grade for 2017 for the lack of LGBTQ characters on screen. In fact, the studios have actively rejected LGBTQ characters on screen, they claim.
In a new survey of the 109 films released theatrically by the major studios last year, the advocacy group GLAAD reports that gay, lesbian, bi, trans and queer characters appeared in only 14 films, just 12.8 percent of the total releases, a dramatic drop from the 18.4 percent of the studio features that were judged to be inclusive in 2016. In fact, that is the lowest percentage of films containing LGBTQ characters since GLAAD began issuing its annual report in 2012.
Given that LGBTQ Americans make up just 3.8% of the population, a representation rate of 12.8% is actually over-representation. If previous years were as high as 18.4%, then one is poised to ask what on earth is the cap for GLAAD?
"A lot of the gay appearances in 2017 films were also fleeting," reports THR. "Of the 14 films that included LGBTQ characters, in half of them those characters had less than five minutes of screen time, the study found.
"The only positive development was that with characters like Betty Gabriel’s Georgina, who appears to have a lesbian past in Get Out, diversity increased, with people of color representing 16 of the 28 characters identified in 2017’s studio films," THR continued. "They represented 57% of the total characters, as opposed to 2016, when people of color comprised just 20% of the LGBTQ characters."
GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis is now calling on major studios to have at least 20% LGBTQ characters in their films by 2021 and (this is completely ludicrous) at least 50% in their films by 2024. The group also lamented that the majority of LGBTQ characters on screen are gay men (64%), rather than lesbians or transgenders.
No studio earned an "excellent" or even "good" ranking for LGBTQ representation. The highest rating went to Fox, who earned an "insufficient" rating for featuring a gay couple in "Alien: Covenant." Universal also featured an LGBTQ character in "Pitch Perfect 3." Disney, Paramount and Sony earned a "poor" rating while Warners and Lionsgate earned "failing" grades.
GLAAD specifically castigated "Thor: Ragnarok" and "Wonder Woman" for not featuring a queer character on screen.
"If Hollywood wants to remain relevant with these audiences and keep them buying tickets, they must create stories are reflective of the world LGBTQ people and our friends and family know," said GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.