The Hollywood Reporter’s latest cover story on this year’s crop of Emmy Award front-runners features some of the most celebrated actresses in Hollywood. The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies; Homeland’s Claire Danes; Mad Men’s Jessica Pare; The Americans’ Keri Russell; American Horror Story: Coven’s Sarah Paulson; and Bates Motel’s Vera Farmiga all converged for a roundtable discussion on what it’s like being a woman in the industry. Despite the packed panel, many couldn’t help but notice that the ladies—and the cover image—are strikingly pale.
The pop culture site Tea & Biscuits offered 10 suggestions to make the cover even Whiter, which included things like slathering the actresses in Nuetella and making the pages of the magazine edible and gluten-free. And several comments on The Hollywood Reporter’s own site wondered why actresses like Kerry Washington, Danai Gurira, and Sandra Oh weren’t included given they star on popular TV dramas.
Whether the magazine reached out to a more diverse group of actresses who weren’t able (or were unwilling) to participate is unclear. But the image speaks volumes about the need for more people of color to be in decision-making positions in Hollywood.
While ABC’s fall lineup is packed with shows centered on Asian, Black, and Latino families, and other networks have ordered projects with diverse casts, this Hollywood Reporter cover serves as a reminder that we still have a long way to go before what we watch on TV looks like the world it supposedly portrays.