Diversity and Movie Reviews

There is a movement in film, TV and theater reviews to include criticism about diversity. This is something I have been commenting on for quite a while so maybe I was ahead of this trend. The first review I wrote about theater were about a play that dealt with issues of race and gender and media representation.

There are currently websites devoted to grading TV and films based on the gender, race and LGBTQ diversity. This has been a trend since around 2017. I know this because there is an article about it. Note that this article uses the word “reviews.”

Those websites include:

Also note that these are movie reviews at these websites.

I recently received comments regarding my evaluation of movies based on diversity from people who do not believe that a movie review should rate diversity. So if you think that critical reviews do not include opinions about diversity and representation, then you are obviously wrong. You might not understand what a review actually is at least in 2023.

If you have a problem with someone being “woke” which according to Merriam-Webster means “aware of and actively attentive to important societal facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice),” then you probably need to reflect on why you find concerns about injustice unimportant or offensive. If you think I am “politically liberal (as in matters of racial and social justice) especially in a way that is considered unreasonable or extreme,” you’ll have to explain why you consider a particular statement to be “unreasonable or extreme.” I don’t consider myself an extremist, but perhaps you are extremely conservative.

It must be nice to live a life where you don’t have to be attentive to issues of racial and social justice, but that’s not the life I’ve been living nor is it the life that my parents or grandparents lived in the United States.


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