”When a film does focus on someone in a subordinate group, it gets little attention unless, like The Color Purple (1985), it has a powerful white heterosexual male such as Steven Spielberg behind it. Anything less than that - no matter how good it is - has little chance of drawing much attention, much less winning an Academy Award. Even The Color Purple, which was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, didn’t win a single one, losing to Out of Africa.
The handful of films that do focus on people in subordinate groups are likely to be tagged (and devalued) as ‘women’s films’ (‘chick flicks’) or ‘Black films’ or ‘gay films’ or ‘lesbian films’, even though all the rest are never called ‘men’s films’ or ‘white films’ or ‘heterosexual films’. In a society identified with dominant groups, such films are supposedly about everyone, or at least everyone who counts.
Allan G. Johnson (via wretchedoftheearth)