The Mary Sue: Natalie Portman Points Out the Bias in Resistance to Inclusion Riders

By Rachel Leishman

18 January 2019

Inclusion riders are nice in theory, but listening to Natalie Portman talk about them makes one thing very clear: The system is a lot more messed up than people realize and an inclusion rider may not be the only thing that can fix it.

The common argument against them is that you should hire based on talent, not gender/race/sexuality/or any other factor, but the problem with that mindset is that there is a systemic belief that the talent of women and people of color is inherently less than that of white men.

Talking with Deadline, Portman pointed out why it is both important to have inclusion riders and why Hollywood is still reluctant to the change it desperately needs:

“There is a resistance because I think a lot of people are making the argument that you’re hiring someone for their talent, not for their gender. It goes to show that we have so much bias in not recognizing talent and allowing it to express itself.”

The problem is that the “talent” people are seeing is inextricably linked to an internalized bias in those doing the hiring. If any person from a marginalized community wants a job, they’re scrutinized in a way that their white male counterparts aren’t, because our culture is still inherently unbalanced in many ways.

Read the full article on The Mary Sue.