‘Straight Outta Compton’: Rare Biopic


A rare film because it does not continue the tradition of celebrating a white man. Kudos to the industry power of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. It remains to be seen how much the film will touch on the existential struggles of the young black man in America. It could very well end up a epic of the American Dream.  Let us see.

Of course, it is still a film with a set of male heroes. Most Hollywood biopics tend to laud men, nearly always white, rarely not cisgender, and only sometimes gay. This pattern in Hollywood is nothing less than the reification of heteronormative white male privilege.

The latest report from the Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California on the representation of race, gender and LGBT status in film found that nearly three-quarters of all speaking or named characters in the top 100 highest-grossing movies of 2014 were white, and 7 in 10 were male.

via ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Is The Rare Biopic Not About White Dudes | FiveThirtyEight.

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