NBC has joined the refrain of voices calling for fast, needed change within the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation by refusing to air the organization’s 2022 Golden Globes ceremony. In dropping NBC’s assist, the HFPA is now confronted with a option to proceed with subsequent 12 months’s voting and ceremony with out their broadcast companion of 25 years or cancel the Golden Globes till they will meet the calls for on NBC and of Hollywood at massive.
The controversy surrounding the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation, a comparatively small group of leisure correspondents who nominate and vote for the Golden Globes, got here to a head this 12 months for quite a lot of causes. One in all which is the published fact that the HFPA has zero Black correspondents and has traditionally under-nominated or outright ignored tasks by and starring individuals of coloration.
Moreover, information that the publicity staff for Netflix’s comedy Emily in Paris flew out a number of members of the HFPA to Paris for a press journey that included 5 star lodging and meals appeared that the HFPA’s votes might be swayed with lavish presents. Emily in Paris received two Golden Globe nominations in 2021.
Because the HFPA scrambled to get better from this newfound scrutiny of their interior workings, The Los Angeles Times printed leaked e mail textual content from former eight-term President of the HFPA Philip Berk,through which he described the Black Lives Matter motion as a hate group and likened a BLM activist’s house buy in Topanga Canyon to carrying on the work of cult chief Charles Manson (Manson famously brainwashed his followers into committing murders to spark a race warfare, and Berk appeared to contemplate Black Lives Matter as the identical factor).
In response to those occasions and plenty of others, the HFPA promised to develop their voting physique by 20 new members in 2021 and greater than double their numbers in later years with an emphasis on creating a extra numerous and consultant group. Their plans to take action have been, based on these with insider data of NBC’s break from the HFPA, inadequate within the eyes of the community and couldn’t be carried out in time to make the 2021 Golden Globes a ceremony value airing.
NBC’s announcement comes days after main gamers within the leisure trade together with Netflix, Amazon, and lately Warner Media launched statements boycotting the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation till the group comes up with concrete plans for change. Warner Media’s statement echoed the conviction of Amazon and Netflix’s bulletins and promised to “chorus from direct engagement with the HFPA, together with sanctioned press conferences and invites to cowl different trade occasions with expertise, till these adjustments are carried out.”
On a extra particular person stage, the controversy surrounding the HFPA has prompted A-Record actors to talk up and take motion with regard to their expertise with the affiliation. Tom Cruise, a 3 time Globe winner, physically returned the trophies he gained for Jerry Maguire, Magnolia, and Born on the Fourth of July to the HFPA in presumed protest of the awards.
Scarlett Johansson also released a statement that clarified her discomfort with working with the HFPA, which to her “typically meant going through sexist questions and remarks by sure HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment.” Johansson’s Avengers co-star Mark Ruffalo, who simply gained a 2021 Golden Globe for I Know This A lot Is True, instructed Deadline that “as a recent winner of a Golden Globe, I can not really feel proud or glad about being a recipient of this award.”