ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Ethnic Diversity In The Entertainment Business.

Updated on January 20, 2016
Film Director:  Spike Lee.
Film Director: Spike Lee. | Source
Will Smith With Actress Wife:  Jada Pinkett - Smith
Will Smith With Actress Wife: Jada Pinkett - Smith | Source
Actor:  Idris Elba.
Actor: Idris Elba. | Source
Comedian:  Lenny Henry.
Comedian: Lenny Henry. | Source

Black People In Entertainment.

When you have people like Film Director Spike Lee and Actress Jada Pinkett - Smith wife of Will Smith saying they are going to boycott the OSCARS for lack of ethnic or mainly black actors being up for an award this year and then on the other side of the pond you have actors like Idris Elba attacking British entertainment for lack of black or ethnic faces and comedian Lenny Henry doing the same do they have a point?

It is easy to see from their point of view why they say what they do but at the same time in my opinion I think black people have made tremendous strides in the field of entertainment whether that be musicans, sports stars, actors, presenters.

Certainly speaking from my own point of view as an Englishman if you were to watch British tv for example I dont think you could say black people are under - represented. Every advert you turn on their there, evey soap they are represented, in the field of music there has been an explosion in British Hip Hop, Rap and R n B. So to my mind this is where I part company with Messers Elba and Henry I think blacks are well represented across British entertainment Im not so sure about other fields but in entertainment certainly. Im also not denying that blacks still dont encounter racism but I think compared to say 10 years ago black people in the UK have made magnificent strides and indeed probably out of all proportion to their number in the UK which is largely a majority white country.

Its possible that Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett - Smith are genuine and so too Elba and Henry but theres the dark thought too they could be out just to cause mischief in a largely white majority nation like the UK and the USA. It seems some people unfortunately will never be happy for example Will Smith was apparently over looked for an OSCAR this year hence his wife going on the war path but sometimes thats how the cookie crumbles you cannot keep crying racism because sometimes it happens. Many white actors too I suspect have been overlooked and other races too but it always seems to be blacks always complaining about something.

What about other races like Oriental - American and Oriental - Brtish actors? When was the last time Hollywood had the Chinese or Japanese - American leading man the equivalent of Will Smith or indeed Native American - never as I see it from here in the UK. Same in the UK you never get a Chinese - British leading man sometimes you get women yes but only then mostly fleetingly and not as leading characters just one of the characters.

I am a white man and dont know what it is like to be black or any other ethnic group in society thats largely white in population and if certain groups like blacks do face racism then obviously that is to be deplored but I am not going to be held responsible as a white man if blacks happen to be overlooked at the OSCARS one time and Im sure they were not overlooked because of being black (its alright accusing people of this and that but surely you have to evidence to prove it).

You could take the argument the other way in countries like South Africa where white people probably number about 4 million compared to the overwhelming black population how much do white South Africans get representation in entertainment and certainly the plight of whites in Zimbabwe must be even worse.

So I think whatever our race, religion or nationality balance is what is needed here but defining balance is a hard one. Balance is whatever you think it should be and what is balance to one is not to another so perhaps in the end its not really an argument that can be won.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)