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.

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  • Lexycontra Pride

    Fuck these ugly white bitches, fuck this magazine, and fuck black people wanting to be accepted by white people. Read some damn books about the inventions black people created and all the diffrent regions in Africa and gain a shitload of self worth. Gawdamn, kneegrows keep complaining, because white people don’t want to play patty cake with you. LOOK AT THE FUCKING HISTORY.. .WHITE PEOPLE DON’T LIKE YOU. Hell they barely like themselves. Black people 3 billion dollars a year on consumer products. That means we have enough money to have our own magazines, technology companies, schools, pharmaceutical companies, and etc. You know why we don’t? Because, black people rather spend their money at white establishments hoping white people will accept them. Stop tap dancing and cooning and crying to accepted by these pink muthafuckas.

    • Goooold

      You sound soooo stupid

    • Lexycontra Pride

      When did the truth become stupid? Black people are always begging and getting and mad when these white people don’t include them.

    • Goooold

      Ok well then that’s all you had to say.

    • Mandii

      Completely agree with this. There is no power in begging – especially since we collectively have the wealth – but apparently not the will to create what we want. There is no power in shaking your cup for crumbs and pennys at your masters foot. Instead become the master of your own destiny. Too many Black refuse or don’t see the value of practicing group economics. If we do not have a collective interest in pooling and sharing our resources – I am not going to be surprised if the white man isn’t sharing his resources. Black people wake up. You can’t blame someone for refusing to do for you what you refuse to do for yourself.

  • Vag Owner

    honestly, i don’t mind these types of things as long as they label it white. whites should be able to have white things like other races. the issue comes with them not labeling it as if they are the default ppl or best. we get lists of “beautiful women” that are really “beautiful white women” or “best actors/actresses” that are really “best white actors/actresses”…

  • sour_sadie

    Just because it’s all white, doesn’t make it all right.