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Umm, yeah, no. No, I do care about those communities. I'm fine with them being represented in cinema. I wouldn't call Lillies of the Field one of my favorite movies of all time otherwise. What I'm not okay with, and what you don't seem to get (or want to accept) is why current 21st century Hollywood is doing that sort of thing: to make themselves appear more "woke" to their target audience and get their money and praise. Modern Hollywood is exploiting racial minorities and LGBT people in America by treating them as popular trends, or moneymakers, or attention-grabbers, or Oscar bait instead of as people. Maybe bigwig Hollywood producers do care about those groups, or maybe they don't—I'm not a mind-reader. But, either way, do you not see how dehumanizing being treated as fashion trends instead of as people is to those groups? The problem is not who gets represented in cinema but how they're being used for other people's personal gain. I feel sorry that people of color and LGBT people are being exploited by those greedy sons of guns at the top who want to look more "woke" but are as greedy as the average Hollywood producer has always been.

Another fundamental problem is that Hollywood’s handling of race relations has deteriorated over time. Consider, for instance, Lillies of the Field or Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? They handled race relations beautifully by presenting both black people and white people as smart but in different ways (there is, after all, no such thing as one kind of smart), all while showing that we all have the same capacity for good regardless of skin color. Now, in the 21st century, we get movies like the aptly-named Guess Who? and Get Out or TV series like The Neighborhood, which convey messages such as “White people bad, black people good,” or “White people dumb, black people smart.” This is not to say that Hollywood is incapable of going back to how it used to handle race relations—a rare gem like Bob Hearts Abishola, created by the genius who brought us Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, presents both races as different kinds of intelligent and shatters cultural barriers to show how much we’re all alike even though we have different skin colors, accents, and manners of dress. But still, I’d like to see more of those positive messages from Hollywood.

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