Race and Gender Inequality in Media Platforms

Gabriella Rodriguez-Sanchez, Photo Editor

Claims that the popular Netflix series Queer-Eye has whitewashed an Old Navy store used in the show after the original diverse employees were sent to the back of the store while white workers were placed up front has left a stain on the reputation on the companies involved.


Whitewashing as well as genderism in any form of media needs to be stopped. There are so many times where it is evident, and it is not addressed.


With all of the movie remakes, there has been a play with the gender and race of many beloved characters. This is not the problem, although several people believe that making the remake altogether is the issue. The conflict is that if the factual integrity of let’s say a historical movie is not kept by changing the race of an actor or gender, the film is met with lots of backlash.


Gender swaps are not always as big of a deal otherwise and more women are needed in the media. In 2017, men portrayed 4,900 roles compared to just over 2,000 roles for women according to  a USC Anneburg Media Report.


Since 1929, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has given out awards but it wasn’t until 1940 that an actor or actress of color won an Oscar, which was Hattie McDaniel for her supporting role in “Gone With the Wind”. Oscars nominees by race 93.8 percent are white which shows a large


As for the Queer Eye incident, although it is unknown as to who really made those employees move back, rather it be the production or some higher ups, if they wanted the image of a particularly white employees then they should have chosen a location that reflects that demographic. 


Taking matters into one’s own hands is the only way to resolve whitewashing and genderism within films and media. An example of this is the creation of Tyler Perry Studios where it honors people of color that have went into the production industry and set the precedent that anyone should get the opportunity to do something no matter how they look or where they started. Crazy Rich Asians having an all-Asian casting also allowed them to show that movies could be made amazing without people in positions of power necessarily being white.