If you were watching the 2018 Oscars, you’ve probably heard of the name Frances McDormand. For those who don’t know, Frances won an Oscar for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. She then asked the rest of the female nominees from all categories to stand with her during her acceptance speech.
“Look around everybody… because we all have stories to tell.” – F. McDormand
The winner then ended her speech by leaving the audience with two words: inclusion rider. ‘Inclusion’ and ‘rider’ are not two words we commonly see together. In this case, it refers to a “…stipulation that actors and actresses can ask (or demand) to have inserted into their contracts, which would require a certain level of diversity among a film’s cast and crew.” Frances brought this to awareness, and it’s something that other actors and actresses are supporting as well. Star of Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan has started a new production company announcing on Instagram that he will adopt ‘inclusion rider’ in all future projects.
This new movement inspires us to look into our own lives and include others, regardless of race or gender. We should all fight for equality in everyday lives, not just in Hollywood. Working towards inclusivity can allow us to learn from people who are different from ourselves. Furthermore, marginalized groups have a unique part in societal cultures, and to embrace that is something special for everyone involved.
Not only that, but being an inclusion rider means more than just fighting for diversity in terms of race and class. But it means fighting to eliminate barriers that minority groups face. Although change is something that’s not only uncertain, but often times scary; we have to realize that breaking down these barriers that prevent others from reaching their full potential: lifts our ladder as well. Working as a part of a team to build that human connection, and to experience and understand one another is the goal that we should all want to strive for.
So, let’s all try to be inclusion riders and make sure that we not only don’t discriminate, but we also demand for action. Action to make sue that there will always be diversity, because after all: we can always continue to learn from those who are different then ourselves.