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“Inclusion Rider” takes center stage at Oscars

Mar 06, 2018, 6:19 AM EST
Frances McDormand concluded her best actress acceptance speech with "Inclusion Rider."
(Source: Suhaib Hassan/flickr)

Many of us had little idea of the term “inclusion rider” when Frances McDormand concluded her best actress acceptance speech with this phrase. Now that the world is digging deep into Google to find what the term really means, it ties to a cause promoting diversity and equity in Hollywood.

“Inclusion rider,” coined by media researcher Stacy Smith in 2016, is a clause that lets actors demand at least 50% diversity, not only in casting but also in the crew, writes the BBC.

The idea of “inclusion rider” is not just about hitting a quota but to reflect on-screen the real demography of the world we live in, notes Fast Company. It lets those with bargaining powers to help drive a change.

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