From Lead Actors To Executives, Latinos Absent From Entertainment Industry, Study Finds

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An underrepresentation of Latinos persists in the talent and executive levels of the entertainment and media industries, according to a new study.

The study, released Tuesday by Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, also found that there is a narrower range of Latino roles and fewer Latinos in the top billing compared to 70 years ago. The Latino presence in the English-language media, it found, also was small.

Latinos working both in front of and behind the camera grew slightly. When they are in front of the camera, the study found, more often than not they appear in roles that play to stereotypes, “either hyper-sexualized, as comic relief, and/or cheap labor.”

“The success of a few Latino stars has created a widespread perception that media diversity in the U.S. is significantly improving,” said Frances Negrón-Muntaner, director of Columbia’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and the study’s lead researcher. “But our findings indicate that, in some ways, it is getting worse.”

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