May 3, 2006, - 11:57 am

Study: Hollywood to Kids, “Males, White Males = Evil”

By Debbie Schlussel
Most male characters in children’s movies are “Casanova’s, criminals, or clowns,” according to a study by USC researcher Stacy Smith, who studied movies targeted at teens, tweens, and children. This anti-male dynamic was present in both animation and movies with live actors.
The study, which looked at 101 top-grossing G-rated films from 1990-2004 also found that White male characters are physcially aggressive in most of the films.
Only 34.6% of parents are male vs. 66.3% who are women. Only 31.9% of men on screen are married or in a committed relationship.
Oddly, the research is sponsored by deposed “Commanderatrix in Chief” actress, Geena Davis’ See Jane Foundation, which we wrote about in February. Davis is still claiming this is bad for women. She wants half of all characters to be women.

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But she doesn’t care that all men portrayed are losers or villains.

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2 Responses

Another big problem today is the fact that the villains seem to be more glorified than heroes. It seems like big name actors would rather take on roles of the villain than the hero. We see this a lot in some of the recent comic book movies like the Batman and Spiderman series. Years ago viewers always rooted for the hero, now not so much.

Concerned Conservative on May 3, 2006 at 1:03 pm

Probably the reason I don’t have any qualms about being a White male is because I usually rooted for the villian. That’s what happens when the hero is not as interesting. In hindsight though, I actually had enough problems in my life as a kid without bad movie role models. It didn’t cause my problems, but it didn’t exactly help. Then again, maybe it did because good Americans are often worse than criminals in Hollywood movies.

KnightoftheImpaler on May 3, 2006 at 1:48 pm

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