In recognition of Women's History Month, The Hollywood Reporter recently compiled a list of Hollywood's 50 favorite female characters. A glance through the lineup made it immediately clear, however, that something was missing: melanin. Out of 50 notable characters across all of film and television, THR managed to recognize only three — three! — people of color. Twitter was quick to point out the caucasity, though, with a series of GIFs representing the actors who were left out. To add insult to injury, the list was published on International Women’s Day.
Generating their findings from an "anonymous poll," the respected publication's extensive ranking of leading ladies left a lot to be desired as readers found that it was severely lacking in diversity, with only three women of color — one of them being animated and the other two from Shonda Rhimes' shows — being recognized.
The list, which saw Hermione Granger of the Harry Potter series snag the No. 1 spot, includes the likes of several white iconic female characters like Miranda Priestly (The Devil Wears Prada), Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation), Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones) and more.
What proved to be the massive gripe for many, however, was the sprinkling of How to Get Away With Murder's Annalise Keating and Scandal's Olivia Pope in the No. 45 and No. 17 positions respectively — thank you, Shonda Rhimes! Without the TV mogul, Black women wouldn’t have even made the cut.
Rounding out the representation of female characters of color was Disney's Mulan, an animated character voiced by Ming-Na Wen, coming in at No. 32.
The careless discounting of several other deserving actresses who have certainly proven their iconicity in Hollywood like Claire Huxtable (The Cosby Show), Vivian Banks (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Okoye (Black Panther), Joan Clayton (Girlfriends), Maxine Shaw (Living Single) and several others, only left Twitter justifiably infuriated.
See how they reacted to the mostly whitewashed list, below:
(Photo: The Hollywood Reporter)
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