The hype around Black Panther has been as exaggerated as any feat one of its characters might have performed, with the film being universally praised for a layered plot and what has been described as an Afrofuturist cast. A Wrinkle in Time is sure to follow in its footsteps as a blockbuster sporting an interracial cast.
Other than the money and awards movies like these are going to amass, what they have made evident is that children want a universe that is diverse in terms of media images, and, for the longest time, they haven’t had one.
There Has Been Some Progress
In the same way that NZD online casino entertainment has become more and more available to an ever-wider array of different people, the time has come to make sure that the disparity between male and female characters and white and non-white characters is addressed.
Research has consistently shown that the animated worlds that children see on their televisions are not in sync with the real environments they find themselves in. A study undertaken over the past seven years at the Children’s Television Project, CTV, at Tufts University has been documenting images of different ethnicities, gender, and races in the most popular children’s series.
The good news is that things are more diverse than they used to be, with female characters making for just less than a third of all characters. While this may seem discouraging, it takes on a new light when you compare it to the 1:6 ratio that was previously found, in the 1970s, and the ratio of 1:4 that was found as recently as the 1990s.
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