Daniel Radcliffe Admits Hollywood Is Undeniably Racist
The actor appeared on BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire program Tuesday morning to promote his new film Imperium, about an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates a white supremacist group. That film’s subject matter segued into a discussion on the race issues that have plagued showbusiness.
Asked if Hollywood is racist, he answered: “It’s pretty undeniable. We like to think of ourselves as being a very, very…a progressive industry. But we have been lagging behind in all kinds of areas.”
Radcliffe also said he understood why gay actors may not want to come out for fear of being stigmatized. “I suppose then people just want to cast you as gay,” he explained.
In February, Hollywood stars, such as Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and director Spike Lee, were among those who protested the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominees. All 20 acting nominations this year went to white actors.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) responded to the outcry in June by pledging to increase its minority and female voters.