This week on Zach on Film – Ridley Scott isn’t sorry that he cast white actors in Exodus. We look at that from both sides of the argument.

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...

4 Comments

  1. Don’t be too pessimistic about the timeline of seeing real diversity in movies. Five years ago we didn’t expect marriage equality in the next twenty-five years. Change comes in fits and starts, but it seems to be accelerating.

  2. You’ve been talking a lot about diversity in cinema lately, which I think is very bold and important. However, I can’t help but notice you haven’t included the voices of any women or people of color in your episodes on this topic. This omission (unintentional or not) is one of the root causes of the lack of diversity; if the discussion around diversity is still dominated by white males (even well meaning ones), then no real progress can be made.

    I hope the next time you decide to broach this subject, you’ll make the effort to include a more diverse panel. All of your comments (especially Matthew’s) were very insightful, but I can’t help but feel like the absence of voices like Ashley or Rodrigo is a glaring omission in this discussion. At the end of the episode, you talk about what people can do to solve this problem; well there’s no magic bullet, but you guys are in a position to give minority voices a chance to speak, and this is the second episode on the topic where they have been absent. So put your money where your mouth is!

    As always, I enjoy everything you guys do! Thanks for another great discussion.

  3. Karl G. Siewert on

    It was interesting to listen to your discussion of diversity a few days after it was uploaded, because in the interim Viola Davis accepted a Best Actress Emmy and spoke directly to this issue in her speech. She said, in part, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” I agree with Matthew that diversity is lacking in modern big-budget cinema. I also agree with Stephen that the only real possibility of driving change is to hit the studios in their wallets.

    What I think needs to be added to this discussion is the idea of class. As discussed in other episodes of the podcast, and even in this one with talk of the $100 Spectre pass, the act of seeing a film in a first-run theater is increasingly becoming a luxury. Generally speaking, people who can afford luxuries tend to be more socially and politically conservative, and less likely to value things like diversity in casting or stories about marginalized people.

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