Title

Mixing it up: Interracial Couples in Romance-Themed Hollywood Films

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

2015

Originally Published In

Panel session at the Broadcast Educators Association in Las Vegas, NV.

Abstract

In the light of the controversy over the recent Cheerios commercial showing an interracial family, the researchers seek to determine the relevance of such relationships on screen. The primary focus of this pilot study is to examine the frequency and roles of interracial couples in romantic-themed Hollywood films from 2003 through 2013. This research seeks to discuss the frequency of such portrayals, whether the film focuses on the interracial relationship as a focal point, the quality of the relationships and relevance of the relationships to the plot. The intent is to determine the salience, or lack thereof, of interracial relationships in Hollywood’s depiction of romance.