This Tumblr User Found A Startling New Way To Highlight Hollywood’s Race Problem

Sometimes the simplest idea can have the biggest impact. It’s the simplicity of New York writer and performer Dylan Marron’s Every Single Word Spoken Tumblr, pulling together all the lines of dialogue said by people of colour in recent blockbuster movies, that makes it so effective. Many of the films are reduced to mere seconds, bringing to attention what Marron considers a huge diversity problem in Hollywood. “People who finance the movies are not going to want to throw millions behind a movie of a non-famous person of colour,” he told the Guardian today. “There needs to be much more of a mix. Executives are so worried about losing money. [They] should rest more on amazing stories, and take a little more risk.” Here’s a few of his edited films…

Wes Anderson flick Moonrise Kingdom runs at just 10 seconds:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4nUMk__fPI

Zooey Deschanel indie flick (500) Days Of Summer is not much better at 30 seconds:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkXf5IwVmXw

And there are plenty more examples across the genre and budget board, from Black Swan (24 seconds), to American Hustle (54 seconds) to Friends With Benefits (55 seconds):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDY3_1rNuxY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJmauD4jTMc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0idKBenSTk

The aim of the project isn’t to shame the makers of these films, Marron says, but to question the norms of mainstream cinema and to bring into focus the major disproportions between the ways that different races are represented on screen. Your move, Hollywood…