Every line spoken by a non-white character in Spike Jonze's film Her adds up to only 40 seconds. Photo: Warner Bros.
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A blogger has cut down Hollywood films to include only lines spoken by non-white characters

They're not very long. 

Hollywood's lack of diversity in terms of both gender and race is nothing new. But if you had to guess how many minutes in, say, terrible Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan vehicle Wedding Crashers featured a person of colour, what would you say?

Luckily, someone on Tumblr has already done the work for you. Dylan Marron, creator of the "Every Single Word" project, has edited down Hollywood films to include only the lines spoken by non-white actors. And it turns out the results aren't a matter of minutes, but of seconds: Wedding Crashers clocks in at 32 seconds (if you exclude Morran's intro and titles): 

The shortest clip Marron has made so far is for Into The Woods, which contains no non-white lines at all:

It's not just their brevity that makes these clips so depressing - those lines that do appear are a parade of racial stereotypes and bit parts.

Cult film Frances Ha contains a grand total of three non-white lines: 

Morran also creates a credit sequence for his clips. Frances Ha's makes for particularly uncomfortable reading, as the non-white characters aren't even named (the fourth character, "Home Friend", has no audible lines as he appears in a group scene): 

 

And here's "physical therapist", the single non-white character in Black Swan: 

What a time to be alive. 

I'm a mole, innit.

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SRSLY #90: Girls / The Knowledge / My Favorite Murder

Caroline and Anna discuss the final episode of Girls, the black cabbie documentary The Knowledge and the true crime podcast My Favorite Murder.

This is SRSLY, the pop culture podcast from the New Statesman. Here, you can find links to all the things we talk about in the show as well as a bit more detail about who we are and where else you can find us online.

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The Links

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Girls

Anna’s piece on whether the girls in Girls were ever friends.

The Vulture piece we mention comparing the end of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life with the end of Girls.

Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow on the ending.

The Knowledge

The trailer.

A good (if short) review.

My Favorite Murder

The podcast.

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