Latino Characters Make Up A Tiny Fraction Of Characters On-Screen

Posted by on November 13, 2019

A new study from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative paints a dismal picture for Latino representation on screen and behind the camera.


Researchers analyzed the top 100 grossing films of each year from 2007-2018 and found that nearly half of the 1,200 movies in the sample failed to include even one speaking character identified as Latino. Overall, only 4.5% of speaking characters in the most popular movies from this 12-year period included Latino characters, with only 3% ― or just 15 movies ― featuring Latinos in a leading or co-leading role. The study showed that there had been no meaningful change in representation in more than a decade.

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