Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai (Photo credit: File)
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai spoke candidly about representation in Hollywood. In particular, he highlighted the fact that Muslim actors lead only 1 percent of popular television series. Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel laureate in history, recently unveiled the first plans for his production company Extracurricular’s projects. The organization, led by Yousafzai and his head of production Erica Kenair, signed a programming deal with Apple TV+ last year. At the heart of her first projects is a rich diversity that reflects Yousafzai’s determination to tell representative stories that haven’t always found a place in Hollywood.
Yousafzai said, “I noticed that Asians like me make up less than 4 percent of Hollywood movies. While Muslims make up 25 percent of the world’s population, but only 1 percent of characters in popular TV series. The numbers that stand behind black films and gray creators are even worse.” During this, Malala spoke out about the representation of Muslims in Hollywood. Malala said, I don’t expect to change about this in Hollywood, but I definitely want you to think about it because you are an artist and you know that art does not belong to anyone, but everyone has it. Yousafzai recently cited new data from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative during his speech.
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Yousafzai said, “I know history when I’m told to dream a dream and forget it. Malala was honored at the Variety event along with Hillary Clinton and her daughters Chelsea, Elizabeth Olsen, Oprah Winfrey and the Duchess of Sussex. Malala daughters , 25, was shot by the Taliban on her way home from school after she spoke out for her right to an education. The attack inspired their global campaign for girls’ education and equal representation. Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize She also graduated at Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
First published: 30 Sep 2022, 18:12:20
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