Hollywood Blasted for LGBT Stereotypes in Movie Characters

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GLAAD Blasts Hollywood Stereotypes of LGBT Characters

When Georgia was on the brink of enacting a “religious liberty” law, Hollywood responded in force to protest a bill it characterized as discriminatory against LGBT people. The threat of financial recriminations by studios helped defeat the measure.

But when it comes to its own treatment of LGBT people, Hollywood gets poor to failing marks from a leading activist group.

In the latest scathing study on diversity in the entertainment industry, GLAAD reported Monday a sharp decrease in the number of LGBT characters in movies last year and noted that the few characters who did appear were usually portrayed as offensive stereotypes.

“Leaving LGBT people out of the picture — or including them only as a punchline — keeps old prejudices alive and creates an unsafe environment, not only here in America, but around the world,” says GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis in the Studio Responsibility Index.

GLAAD Report Finds 17.5 of Hollywood Films Had LGBT Characters

The fourth annual report said that of the 126 major releases, 22 had LGBT characters, or 17.5 percent. Two studios, Disney and Paramount, had no LGBT characters at all in 2015 films, GLAAD says.

When LGBT characters or issues are featured, it often includes “gay panic and defamatory stereotypes for cheap laughs,” according to GLAAD.

The report cited two Kevin Hart films, “Get Hard” and “The Wedding Ringer,” as having “more blatant and incessant gay panic humor than we have seen in a Hollywood film in years.” It also singled out “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” with a game show scene in which Rob Corddry and Craig Robinson must have sex with each other for losing, as featuring “significant defamatory content predicated on this type of humor.”

The GLAAD report is the latest assault on Hollywood’s diversity practices. Several studies have shown a strong bias in favor of straight white men, renewing the #HollywoodSoWhite protest last year, and the industry’s hiring practices are the subject of a sweeping investigation by federal labor regulators.

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