By Nina Metz
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The concept of the “inclusion clause” is that A-list actors would incorporate a clause into their contracts that stipulates that women, people of color, people with disabilities and members of LGBT and marginalized communities be included in the production.
Last week on Twitter, a young actor asked: “Is there a list of actors/directors/etc who have committed to an inclusion rider yet?”
It’s a good question. Who has committed so far?
He tagged @Inclusionists, which is the Twitter handle of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. That’s the think tank at the University of Southern California led by Stacy L. Smith who originally conceived of, and is now promoting, the inclusion rider.
Here’s how it’s explained on their website: “The concept is that A-list actors can incorporate a clause into their contracts that stipulates that inclusion, both on camera and behind the scenes for crew members, be reflected in films.”
The clause would ensure that “women, people of color, people with disabilities and members of LGBT and marginalized communities who are traditionally underrepresented be depicted on screen in proportion to their representation in the population.”
Sounds like a smart idea. Hollywood stars do have considerable leverage. And if they truly want to push for inclusion, or as I’ve written about in the past, ensure no pay gaps based on gender and race, they should be using their influence when negotiating deals.
Just the idea of inclusion riders is new. This is an ambitious experiment; it would make sense for the organization to maintain a list of who’s on board. This is their project, after all. You’d think they’d want to study its efficacy.
So what was their reply to the actor? “Everything publicly available is in the press.”
Huh. I thought that was vague and asked for clarification. The following is our exchange on Twitter: