Affirmative Action, Hollywood Style: McDormand Promotes 'Inclusion Rider'

"We aren’t going back."

At Sunday's Oscars, Frances McDormand won her 2nd trophy for Best Actress, having also earned the distinction in 1997. Despite this, the actress -- who looked like she rolled out of bed to make her victory speech -- seems to dream of a day when "earning" would have no place in the Hollywood system.

While accepting her award for work in the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, McDormand did her best to further the Left's obsession with race and sex: she promoted the implementation of an"inclusion rider," which would bring affirmative action to Hollywood sets. 

As explained on Twitter by 2 Broke Girls creator Whitney Cummings:

“An inclusion rider is something actors put into their contracts to insure gender and racial equality in hiring on movie sets. We should support this for a billion reasons, but if you can't find a reason to, here's one: it will make movies better."



As reported by Fox News, the inclusion rider originated with the founder and director of University of Southern California's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, Stacy Smith. Smith posited during a 2016 TEDx talk on sexism in Tinseltown:

“A-listers, as we all know, can make demands in their contracts, particularly the ones that work on the biggest Hollywood films. What if those A-listers simply added an equity clause or an inclusion rider into their contract?”

In an article for The Hollywood Reporter in 2014, Smith also referred to an "equity rider":

"What if A-list actors amended every contract with an equity rider? The clause would state that tertiary speaking characters should match the gender distribution of the setting for the film, as long as it's sensible for the plot."

Smith's proposal seems contradictory. If the setting for a film is America -- in which nearly 80% of the population is white -- the racial distribution would surely fail to meet the left-wing standard for "equity." Furthermore, what is "sensible for the plot" is to cast the best actors, who best fit the filmmakers' vision for those characters, irrespective of identity politics.

McDormand disagrees:

“This has always been available to all — everybody who does a negotiation on a film — which means you can ask for or demand at least 50 percent diversity in not only the casting but the crew. The fact that I just learned that after 35 years in the film business — we aren’t going back."

If the Left has its way, audiences can look forward to more sights such as Peter Parker's debate team in 2017's Spiderman: Homecoming, the ridiculously mathematical racial composition of which looks more like a United Colors of Benetton ad than anything likely to exist in the real world.