Citing the “bottom line,” and the need to make money, Hollywood has rationalized decades of discrimination, says Stephanie Allain.
Allain has produced award-winning films including Hustle & Flow, Peeples, Beyond the Lights, and Dear White People. She is the director of the L.A. Film Festival and has worked in Hollywood for more than 30 years, both in and out of the studio system and is a strong advocate for more films by and about women and people of color:
Blaming the bottom line doesn’t excuse you from responsibility for… a racism and sexism so subtle and ingrained that many executives can’t see their own complicity. I’m a good, liberal person. I can’t possibly be part of the problem. Only that’s not true.