For everyone who thinks there's finally equality in the film industry, this Tumblr blog will quickly prove you wrong. It's called Every Single Word and was created by Dylan Marron. Every Single Word takes popular mainstream films and edits them to include dialogue that's only spoken by people of color.
The blog's main cover photo is a still of Hattie McDaniel and Vivien Leigh from the 1939 Hollywood classic "Gone with the Wind." The likely reason Marron chose to use this image for his blog is pretty obvious. Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to be nominated for — and win — an Oscar. She won for her GWTW role as Mammy the House Servant. However, none of the black actors, including McDaniel, were allowed to attend the huge Atlanta, Georgia premiere, due to the heinous Jim Crow laws present at the time.
Here was an epic film, beloved by everyone, yet had horrible racist events transcribed around it. Of course, this was wayyyyy back in 1939, and everyone would like to assume we've evolved since then, right? Wrong. So, so wrong.
Thankfully, we're not banning non-white actors from attending events, but we're still putting them on the back burner in 2015, a whopping 76 years since GWTW. Don't believe me? Think I'm just full of it? Then, perhaps you should take a look at these videos below.
It should be noted the LOTR trilogy's runtime is approximately 558 minutes.
What about the first "Harry Potter" movie? Surely it's more diverse? Right?
Approximate runtime for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" = 152 minutes
Approximate runtime for "American Hustle" = 138 minutes
Approximate runtime for "Into the Woods" = 124 minutes
Approximate runtime for "The Fault in Our Stars" = 126 minutes
Approximate runtime for "(500) Days of Summer" = 95 minutes
And, of course, how could anyone forget "Noah"?!
Zero words spoken by a POC. Approximate runtime = 138 minutes
Although the blog is still in its infancy, it's been noticed by two big-named celebrities in the entertainment industry.
So, what does this all mean? Basically, it means we've still got a ways to go for civil and human rights. Let's fix this issue — and fix it together.