burntbussy (burntbussy) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,
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Hollywood biopics love white men




- Author surveyed 120 famous biopics that made 3 mil or more in the domestic box office and received critical acclaim (measured by Metacritic)
- 78 were about white men (only 2 of them openly gay), 21 were about white women, 18 were about men of color, and 3 were about women of color
- The author notes that there are more movies about famous boxers than about famous black women
- Notes that we have a bunch of white men greenlighting movies about white men, even ones such as Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg, who are still alive
- Also notes that while there are no biopics of Charlotte Bronte, Toni Morrison, Mae West, Lorraine Hansberry, or Celia Cruz, there is a biopic of the man who responsible for Peter Pan (Finding Neverland)
- Author asks what it must be like for straight white men to grow up watching others like them become geniuses and visionaries in 2 hours while others have no such luck

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