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You Do the Math: Hollywood's "Most Valuable Stars" Are Mostly White Dudes

Vulture recently published its list of the 100 Most Valuable Hollywood Stars, calculated using an algorithm that combines eight data points. Since this is a numbers game that takes into account magazine covers, box office receipts, and studio value, it should come as no surprise that the list is stacked with white guys. Let's do the math, shall we?

robert downey jr, emma stone, and brad pitt
Emma Stone is over this sausage fest.

According to my count, out of 100 actors on this list, 30 of them are women and eight of them are people of color. There are just two women of color on the list—hey there Mila Kunis* and Zoe Saldana!—which makes for 64 white guys. Out of 100. Hello Hollywood.

Remember, this list was made using box office and media stats, so Vulture is not to blame for the lack of women and non-white people in the mix. Also remember these stats the next time someone tells you there's no such thing as sexism or racism in the movies.

Click here to see the full list of the 100 Most Valuable Hollywood Stars and the data used to compile it.

*Update: There's been some debate over Mila Kunis' inclusion as a woman of color. I based it—totally unscientifically—on interviews I've read with her where she identifies as non-white. That said, these numbers might be even worse than I thought.

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Ummm....

Mila Kunis is a 'woman of colour'? Isn't she Ukrainian?

Just makes it worse, I guess!

Yes

I've read that Kunis identifies as non-white (link above), but if we consider her Ukrainian heritage, you're right—the list might be even more depressing than I thought!

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Within Canada some academics

Within Canada some academics have seen Ukrainians as an invisible minority (as with many other Eastern European descendants) due to the prejudice they face, even though they may 'look' white. What is most important is how the person identifies, rather than how we categorize them.