Tagged: culture change

Domestic Workers Call for Hollywood to Clean Up Its Act Depicting Their Lives on Screen

When domestic worker Lucia Aguilar talks about Netflix’ hit series “Maid,” she does not echo the frequent criticisms found in publications, including mitú, TheWrap, questioning the choice of a white “maid” (Margaret Qualley) as the lead character– when, as mitú reported, 65% of U.S. cleaning women are Latinas whose stories often go untold.

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Spotlighting Domestic Workers Representation in Film & TV

The National Domestic Workers Alliance partnered with the Norman Lear Center Media Impact Project at USC to commission a research report analyzing the history of domestic worker representation across scripted film and TV from 1910 to 2020. Through two phases of research, a frequency analysis and a content analysis of 100 domestic worker characters, the findings explore how often domestic workers have been referred to and with what terms, and examine character demographics such as race, gender, immigration status, and speaking role. The purpose of this research report is to set a baseline for domestic worker representation and use it as a catalyst to change the narrative and start more conversations in the industry about accurate and authentic portrayals of domestic workers.

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