Dylan Marron had a eureka moment when it came to illustrating Hollywood's well-known diversity problem. What would happen if films were edited down to only the lines spoken by characters of colour? he wondered.
Turns out, not a lot. When the experiment is tried out with Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, for instance, the whole film is just 10 seconds long:
Black Swan has just one non-white character, who is on screen for less than 20 seconds:
The blog quickly gained international attention as people on social media expressed amazement that none of the videos were more than 60 seconds long and anger at how the POC characters were so often reduced to bit-part stereotypes in multimillion dollar, award-winning films.
“It’s taken off as such a cool thing, but bittersweet, too,” Marron told the Guardian. “You wish it never had to become a talked-about thing.”
Marron said he enjoys many of the ten films he's edited for Every Single World so far, but doesn't understand why white actors are so often cast in roles that aren't necessarily "about the experience of being white”.
“When you have people of colour as protagonists, the story is about their colour. With white people, it’s never about their whiteness,” he said.