The Industry; Supported But Not Supporting

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I want to talk about the problem of the industry not supporting or contributing to helping the community feel represented. To me it's important to talk about representation because it is something that should be common in film and not something we should have to fight for. Representation should be shown or talked about in everything but especially in film where children and adults alike can see. I think representation is just now becoming a somewhat frequent thing in film, more so an accepted and supported thing in film.

As Viola Davis has said “Representation matters because you need to see a physical manifestation of your dream but there is something about seeing someone who looks like you. It makes it more tangible, you can see it, you can touch it, and it gives you the possibility to look through your imagination and you know what, redefine yourself. The imagination is this infinite playing field where you can just, you can be reborn." I really agree with Viola Davis in this because seeing someone who looks or lives like you helps you imagine what you can be, with the only black princess’s movie being my favorite movie while i was younger, that movie really helped me see myself to be able to be something.

Seeing representation in film was rare to me growing up, still now there is one black disney princess, one chinese princess, one polynesian princess, no latina princess, and no disabled princesses out of the twelve disney princesses, and most of those princesses came out in the early 2000s. Representation is just now becoming a relative thing in children's tv with shows like Gracie's Corner, Bluey, Proud Family; Louder And Prouder, and thankfully many more to this day. The fact that there are only 3 movies that include a mostly black cast and have a budget of 100 million is outrageous to me, especially when the average budget for a mainstream movie is 100 million. With media now becoming more supported and accepted, hopefully we can anticipate supplemental mainstream movies with a mostly Black cast to exceed or have that budget of 100 million.