Stars like Sterling K. Brown and Kerry Washington speak of the lack of diversity in the ranks of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, namely the fact that the organization does not currently have a single black member.
This wave of criticism precedes Sunday’s 78th annual Golden Globes ceremony. Meher Tatna, chairman of the board of directors of HFPA, told Variety Friday that the organization of international journalists has had no black members for at least 20 years.
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On Friday afternoon, #TimesUp posted an image of a broken Golden Globe statue on social media with the message, “Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Not a single black member of 87. “The organization titled the post“ One cosmetic fix is not enough ”and added the hashtag“ #TimesUpGlobes ”.
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Washington, Jurnee Smollett, Amy Schumer, Sean Hayes, Simon Pegg, DeVon Franklin and Alyssa Milano were among the celebs to repost the picture and caption. Ellen Barkin asked, “What is the HFPA price?” in their post. Rashida Jones took up her Instagram story, adding, “Representation is important. A cosmetic correction won’t make it, “while Amber Tamblyn wrote,” How far have we come, you ask? Not far enough. “
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who in 2015 was nominated by the HFPA as the first black woman for best director, wrote her contribution: “Old news. New energy. “DuVernay also retweeted a 2017 post by Jada Pinkett Smith who wrote,” I have so much to say why [her ‘Girls Trip’ co-star] Tiffany Haddish wasn’t nominated for a globe … but I won’t. “
Other prolific creators speaking out are Damon Lindelof, JJ Abrams (and his Bad Robot company) and Shonda Rhimes, who wrote “Enough is enough” in their post. Judd Apatow added, “So many crazy things about the @goldenglobes and the Hollywood Foreign Press, but that’s awful.”
The filmmaker of “Love & Basketball” and “The Old Guard”, Gina Prince-Bythewood, posted the picture with additional sentiments, writing, “No excuses (there are none). No apologies (we don’t believe you). No empty gestures (cosmetic corrections are not enough). Change the game. “
Brown, a Golden Globe winner and two-time nominee, posted another photo on Instagram and added a long and thoughtful caption.
“To be nominated for a Golden Globe is an enormous honor. Winning one is a dream come true. It can affect a person’s career … it certainly has to mine, ”Brown began.
“I’m presenting on TV this weekend to honor all of the storytellers, especially those of color who achieved this extraordinary moment in their careers … AND I have my criticisms of the #HFPA,” he continued. “87 people have enormous power. That a governing body at a current Hollywood awards show has such a lack of proxy shows a level of irresponsibility that should not be ignored. “
“With the power you have over HFPA, you are also responsible for ensuring that your constituency fully reflects the world we live in,” concluded the actor. “If you know better, you have to do better. And having a multitude of black moderators doesn’t rid you of your lack of diversity. This is your moment to do the right thing. I hope you do.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association posted a statement In response to review, “We are fully committed to ensuring that our membership reflects the communities around the world who love film, television and the artists who inspire and train them. We understand that we need to involve both black members and members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will work immediately to implement a plan of action to achieve these goals as soon as possible. “
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