Why NCAA Diversity is Worse than Hollywood Diversity

Shameless plantation-like exploitation, doomed to fail.

Luke Visconti is the founder and CEO of DiversityInc. Although the title of his column is meant to be humorous, the issues he addresses and the answers he gives to questions are serious—and based on his 16 years of experience publishing DiversityInc. Click here to send your own question to Luke.

Is Hollywood Diversity Like NCAA Diversity

Q: Hollywood diversity is a bit like NCAA diversity, isn’t it? Gotta sell tickets, gotta win, gotta be successful. What plays is what wins most, and what wins is what’s playing. All those silly little kiddies on campus fighting micro-aggression, white privilege and hating the way they see so many white faces in the faculty and administration somehow just aren’t as concerned about proportional representation on their sports teams, are they?

A: Very good, but incomplete. The NCAA and Hollywood are similar — they are modern-day plantations. The NCAA, by far, is the most cruel plantation: run almost entirely by white men, the work is done by mostly Black people — and despite their efforts bringing in tens of BILLIONS of dollars, the players do not get long-term health insurance or scholarship guarantees and cannot even earn money from their own image!

I looked up the names on the NCAA board and stopped after finding five white men in a row. There are no pictures of the NCAA BOD on their website (I’d bet their PR person advised against it), but this website put together a composite: http://colinwilliamweaver.com/category/ncaa/ncaa-mbb/.

The NCAA has an endless supply of fresh meat for the traumatic brain and joint injury factory because college professional sports are THE path to the professional sports teams that actually pay their players. It is an opportunity.

When groups of people have opportunities that are narrowly funneled, they tend to excel at them.

Hollywood is also a plantation — the major studios are run almost entirely by white men. The Sony email leak demonstrated how racist the industry is. The decision-maker demographics of the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, etc., are documentation. Hollywood just doesn’t seem to have the common sense to not put the picture in front of the entire world like the NCAA does.

The main difference between the NCAA and Hollywood is Jackie Robinson. Without the moneymaking inclusion of Black players in professional sports starting in the 1950s, sports would still be lily white and the NCAA would be making tens of millions, not tens of billions. Hollywood is far more of a dictatorship. Star Wars has made almost $1.6 billion at the box office so far, but the latest news is that it’s not very popular in China. I wonder if the almost all-white cast and all-white producers and directors have something to do with that. http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jan/11/star-wars-the-force-awakens-avatar-china

The all-Chinese audiences in China, people proud of their country’s economic success and 5,000-year-old culture, aren’t flocking to see an all-white cast with a couple of Black tokens thrown in and not a single Asian main character? Who could’ve guessed?

We look at $1.6 billion and say “wow that’s successful,” but many people never consider the cost of bad diversity.

13 comments


  • Hollywood is run by liberals (to the point that conservatives are underground in H’wood).

    The blame for the Pallor of Hollywood rests on the shoulders of the left-leaning, rich white men running the joint- we agree on that.

    As to Star Wars and China…$52 million in opening weekend there is nothing to sneeze at. The article you pointed to says (in the very first sentence) that is a record. The. Very. First. Sentence. It is doing well there (late sources say $56Million). So, while the liberals in charge of casting it made it an almost all-white powrrrgrrl movie, it appears to be having a healthy go of it in China.

    • The article I linked to, in the very first sentence, says the disappointing results in China means the latest Star Wars movie is unlikely to beat Avatar (from six years ago). China’s GDP has grown roughly 35% since then, so these results are worse than they look.

      Further, the article points out that Star Wars’ China sales were less than one third that of Fast and Furious 7, which had a diverse cast, including Tony Jaa a Thai martial arts expert.

      I think the cost of bad diversity in this case was at least $500,000,000. Ouch.

    • Yeah, Toni, $52,000,000 in a country with a BILLION people isn’t all that impressive. In the US, it’s made something like $2/person. Surely you can do the math.

      • Yes, Elizabeth, but how many of those BILLION people can afford to go to the movies? How many are still subjugated under the communist fist as poor laborers and farmers? According to the world bank estimates, almost 68% of Chinese live on $5 a day!

  • John Reynolds

    How sad that you can’t seem to handle differing opinions.

    Again, should Chinese films hire more black and white actors to attempt to appeal to American audiences? Make sure to film in English as well as Mandarin, Cantonese, etc.?

    • I don’t have time to deal with all of the ignorance posted on my website, so I often hit delete on the more foolish posts – but since you insist…

      If you’ve been to Detroit since the subprime crisis, you’ll notice that the airport signs are in both Chinese and English. That’s because the Chinese made some investments when the white male incompetents running our no-longer domestic car companies begged Congress for government welfare.

      LAX is next. Can’t wait to hear the bleats in the abattoir when the white geezers in “the Academy” hear the new rules handed down when China takes over Hollywood. It won’t be the incremental half stumble we saw this month. It will be wholesale Soylent Green and it’s just a few years away. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-30/china-s-homegrown-film-industry-gains-on-hollywood

      http://youtu.be/9IKVj4l5GU4

      • wow Luke you need to relax. if something makes money society and the elite will change. I don’t believe in forcing change on anyone, just pisses people off. can we just get a long?

        • Great idea, but if you read the column, it is all about money. Rather than tell me to relax, why don’t you do something about the practically all white leadership at the law enforcement agency you work for? The last time I counted, the top 17 positions at your agency were held by white people, with only two women. Here’s a note for your agency: Wake up, the very diverse taxpayers are not being served by your lily white agency.

  • You are a bigot. (By definition of course, which seem to be irrelevant nowadays). If there were one example to use as a bigot, I would in ALL instances use you.

  • Terrell Lowe

    I don’t have any concerns. I just wanted to say I love listening to you talk the truth!

  • Terrell Lowe

    I don’t have any concerns. I just wanted to say I love listening to you speak the truth!

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