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Let’s Talk about the Inclusion Rider

Die deutsche Fassung wurde am 4. Juni veröffentlicht.

“I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: Inclusion Rider.”
Frances McDormand, US-American Actress, Academy Awards March 2018

A Closer Look at the Inclusion Rider

For the last months, the term inclusion rider has been popping up in newspapers and social media In many countries across the globe, including Germany. At the same time I got the impression that it is not always quite clear what this is all about, and that maybe applying it in the German film industry may not be that easy. So today I am publishing a more extensive article on the topic.
All highlighting within original quotes was done by me.

A Best Actress‘s Acceptance Speech

Within one night (the term) inclusion rider came known to a bigger audience was made known to a bigger audience. It happened in March 2018 at the Academy Awards. Frances McDormand was voted Best Actress for her leading role in THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. At the end of her acceptance speech she asked all female nominees in the room to get up and concluded:

„we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple of days, or you can come to ours, whichever suits you best, and we’ll tell you all about them. I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: Inclusion Rider.“

What exactly is the inclusion rider and what can it achieve? McDormand said after the ceremony, that an inclusion rider allows actors to demand that the cast and crew consist of a certain percentage of people who represent diversity — i.e. women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and people of color. (tvguide, 5.3.) and that everybody who does a negotiation on a film — which means you can ask for or demand at least 50 percent diversity in not only the casting but the crew. (Hollywoodreporter 4.3.)
Diversity is yet another term that everybody understands and uses differently – is diversity another word for reality, i.e. the mix of people in our societies? Then the target should be 100 %. Or is diversity another word for underrepresented minorities? Then it would mean that white, heterosexual women without disabilities are not part of it, unless they are old? This is a topic for another day.
The inclusion rider – I am proposing Diversitätsklausel as the German translation – has been defined in many ways in the night [Weiterlesen – Read On]

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