The Corner

Culture

No, Hollywood Doesn’t Discriminate Against Female Directors

In May of 2015, the ACLU wrote a letter to a federal agency demanding an investigation into something it perceived as a serious human-rights violation: the lack of female film and television directors in Hollywood. Specifically, the ten-page letter charged that “women directors are subjected to discriminatory practices, including recruiting practices that exclude them, failure to hire qualified women directors based on overt sex stereotyping and implicit bias, and the use of screening mechanisms that have the effect of shutting women out.”

For some reason, the federal government jumped.

As a result, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has launched an investigation into the ACLU’s claim that women are deliberately discriminated against in Hollywood.

Is this true? Not really, no. In a diversity report from December of last year, the DGA (Directors Guild of America), the acting union for directors and studio contractors, reported that just 5 percent of their membership was made up by white female directors and a mere 1.3 percent of their membership by minority female directors. It’s difficult to discriminate against something that isn’t there to begin with.

Putting aside the obvious conservative schadenfreude — once again, we see a leftist institution being targeted by leftists — the prospect of federal regulatory agencies intervening in Hollywood on the basis of wild claims by the ALCU is not one that should fill anybody with joy. Where, one wonders, will it lead? Will the EEOC begin to use its authority to decide the appropriate race/sex make in the motion pictures of the future? And, if so, who will decide which standards are to be used?

A dangerous path.

Most Popular

Film & TV

A Sad Finale

Spoilers Ahead. Look, I share David’s love of Game of Thrones. But I thought the finale was largely a bust, for failings David mostly acknowledges in passing (but does not allow to dampen his ardor). The problems with the finale were largely the problems of this entire season. Characters that had been ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Great Misdirection

The House Democrats are frustrated, very frustrated. They’ve gotten themselves entangled in procedural disputes with the Trump administration that no one particularly cares about and that might be litigated for a very long time. A Washington Post report over the weekend spelled out how stymied Democrats ... Read More
NR Webathon

We’ve Had Bill Barr’s Back

One of the more dismaying features of the national political debate lately is how casually and cynically Attorney General Bill Barr has been smeared. He is routinely compared to Roy Cohn on a cable-TV program that prides itself on assembling the most thoughtful and plugged-in political analysts and ... Read More