The Underrepresentation of Disability In Movies

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A new released analysis reported that within the 100 most popular films that were released over the past few years, few of them portrayed people with disabilities.

Characters with disabilities accounted for 2.7% of the speaking roles in the top Hollywood movies released last year.

As Hollywood films play a large role in society, leaving constructed ideologies and beliefs, the disability group remains underrepresented in Hollywood films.

Research has identified that a total of 124 characters with disabilities were shown in 2016 films, which is slightly more than the previous year, but still does not demonstrate a great change and continues to fall short.

Hollywood films play a part in the lives of young individuals and can be responsible for the construction of their social beliefs. Because of this, it is important that films reflect the estimated 1 in 5 Americans who have disabilities.

 

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