Immigrants Misrepresented in Popular Television
November 10, 2017 | Publication | Journalism & Media

A media analysis by the MacArthur-supported Opportunity Agenda finds that immigrants are undrerepresented and often unfairly portrayed in popular television shows. The analysis found that immigrants are significantly underrepresented when compared to their acutal population in the United States, comprising just six percent of leading and minor character roles. Immigrants are also more likely to be depicted as being involved in unlawful activities, particularly Latino immigrants. Fifty percent of Latino immigrants portrayed in the random sampling of television shows were shown committing an unlawful act, while 38 percent were depicted as being incarcerated.