BONUS Pale, Male, and Stale? Scientists on Streaming Platforms Netflix and Disney+ | WeAreSTS

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Chelsea Tripp reports for STS NewsRoom on how popular the streaming platforms Netflix and Disney+ portray scientists: is representation still pale, male, and stale? The lack of representation on screen is a political issue on everyone’s lips. I investigate how popular streaming platforms, Netflix and Disney+, portray scientists in terms of gender, race, sexuality, neurodivergency, and socio-economic background. Is representation of the scientist moving away from being presented as white, straight, and male? If not, why do big corporations like Netflix and Disney+ continue to present this image of scientists, and what can we do to improve representation as individuals?

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Additional contributors:

  • Jasmine Chakravarty featured in the break


Music credits

Inside the episode, Chelsea uses music:

  • Introductory and end music- “A happy smile on your face” by Music L Files
  • Suspense sound effect- “Under investigation” by Iconics Music Production and Composition
  • Clock sound effect- “Grandfather clock ticks” by Videvo
  • Applause- “Number 1 sound effect” by

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Editing and post-production of the episode by Chelsea Tripp.

Show editing and production by Professor Joe Cain.

“WeAreSTS” producer is Professor Joe Cain

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