If there’s one thing we all know, it’s that the LGBTQ community is vastly underrepresented in Hollywood.
So, to rectify this glaring omission, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is spearheading a campaign to finally hold the regressive Neanderthals in Hollywood accountable. As a result, we can expect a dramatic uptick in the amount of gay propaganda coming out of Tinseltown.
The idea is this: GLAAD will now start grading Hollywood studios not only on their representation of gay, bisexual, and trans characters but also on how willing they are to advocate for or donate to the LGBTQ community.
GLAAD’s president, Sarah Kate Ellis, made this explicit:
Corporations need to be held accountable for their silence on anti-LGBTQ bills in states where they do business. That’s why we’re updating our Studio Responsibility Index to hold Hollywood accountable. Read @glaad’s full statement here: https://t.co/UDTt6dbhM7 pic.twitter.com/kz1FbJWA5V
— Sarah Kate Ellis (@sarahkateellis) March 10, 2022
In a press release, the lobby explained how it all works: “The annual report assigns grades to each studio based on quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ representation from its film releases the previous calendar year.”
This new report is distinct from GLAAD’s long-running “Studio Responsibility Index,” an annual study that grades LGBTQ representation on film. It’s this Index that’s responsible for the suspiciously high numbers of gay characters in film and on TV shows, even when irrelevant to the plot.
If anything, GLAAD has argued that LGBTQ representation on TV is too low. In a 2019 report, the lobby argued that the “TV industry [should] increase its LGBTQ representation to 20% by 2025.” It probably goes without saying that this is an unrealistic overrepresentation of the LGBTQ community’s actual numbers in the wider population.
So how will this new grading scheme work? Perhaps, ironically, it seems to be largely patterned after the NRA’s rating system. In that system, a Second Amendment-friendly senator like Rick Scott (R-FL) will score a better grade than a more hostile senator, such as, for instance, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
In the case of GLAAD’s new system, the lobby will assign grades to the eight major studios: Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Lionsgate, STX Films, Universal Pictures, United Artists Releasing, Warner Bros., and The Walt Disney Studios. The criterion for GLAAD’s grading scheme is whether the studios are contributing enough donations to LGBTQ organizations and activists.
It doesn’t take a great deal of insight to realize that this is all a result of Disney’s recent lapse of sufficient wokeness, when it made the unconscionable mistake of failing to show appropriate levels of opposition to Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay Bill” (otherwise known as the Parental Rights in Education Bill.) Under the terms of GLAAD’s new initiative, if Disney and the other studios are remiss in making satisfactory donations to an assortment of gay groups and activists, they’ll be penalized with a failing grade.
Now, if this all sounds like an old-fashioned shakedown to you, it’s probably because you’re a bigot. Any similarity between GLAAD’s new grading scheme and an extortion racket is purely coincidental.
In the meantime, expect a transgendered Snow White and much more emphasis on the dwarfs’ living arrangements in any forthcoming Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs remake.
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