Diversity dilemma

Trevor Noah believes “women are more powerful than men” in comedy

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After Vanity Fair’s late-night comedy cover featuring only men went viral (with a little help from Samantha Bee), Newsweek reached out to Trevor Noah – the incoming Daily Show host, and one of the men in the photograph. Disappointingly, Noah did not seem to think there was much of a gender diversity issue there: “Yes, that Vanity Fair [spread] is all men, which is what it is,” Noah said. “But I guess what we need to look at is how is that evolving? The first step in that is you go, OK, there’s two men of color. That’s a big jump. Pretty soon there will be a woman that’ll be added to that. And there will probably be more women, which is gonna be fantastic. And over time, that’ll happen; it’s a conversation that we need to continue having.” He went on to argue that women are “more powerful than men in comedy right now”, basing that claim on the recent successes of women like Amy Schumer, Melissa McCarthy, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. While their individual successes are of course nothing to sneeze at, they don’t say much about the structural problem of gender diversity in film and television – just yesterday we reported on a study that found, among other things, that progress for women’s representation in television has stalled.

Read the full story at Newsweek.


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