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Golden Globes diversity crisis


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It's all gone wrong for the Golden Globes, or rather the organisation that runs them, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. There's been people taking issue with the lack of diversity for some time, like with the Oscars. And they're somehow managing to make it worse.

 

Months ago, the LA Times revealed there wasn't a single black person voting for the awards. They promised to do better, get diversity advisors, etc.

 

Then shit really kicked off when their former President, appropriately named Phil Berk (also once accused by Brendan Fraser of groping), sent a letter to members. In it he called BLM a racist hate movement and suggested they are continuing the work of Manson. HFPA kicked him out, but it was too little too late. Their diversity advisor walked away. Their crisis management company walked away. A PR firm walked away. Their broadcaster NBC seemed to be teetering on the edge, but stayed with the promise of big changes.

 

But after meetings, Time's Up and other PR firms called it mere window dressing. Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos said they will not be working with them until meaningful changes are made. Amazon and WarnerMedia followed. Award winners started coming out of the woodwork. Today NBC finally said they are pulling out of broadcasting the next awards. And Tom Cruise returned his three awards.

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It’s been well-known for decades that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is a joke, basically being a private members club that exists to get perks from awards lobbying rather than representing any actual group.

 

Weirdly, sometimes that’s been its strength compared with more legitimate organisations - while they’re known to vote for name-recognition and can be lobbied, it feels like the membership cares more about their votes so will make more of an effort than the Academys. Up until now they’ve been a bit like the House of Lords - basically indefensible yet, in practice, often working as a balance.

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12 hours ago, JohnC said:

It's all gone wrong for the Golden Globes, or rather the organisation that runs them, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. There's been people taking issue with the lack of diversity for some time, like with the Oscars. And they're somehow managing to make it worse.

 

Months ago, the LA Times revealed there wasn't a single black person voting for the awards. They promised to do better, get diversity advisors, etc.

 

Then shit really kicked off when their former President, appropriately named Phil Berk (also once accused by Brendan Fraser of groping), sent a letter to members. In it he called BLM a racist hate movement and suggested they are continuing the work of Manson. HFPA kicked him out, but it was too little too late. Their diversity advisor walked away. Their crisis management company walked away. A PR firm walked away. Their broadcaster NBC seemed to be teetering on the edge, but stayed with the promise of big changes.

 

But after meetings, Time's Up and other PR firms called it mere window dressing. Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos said they will not be working with them until meaningful changes are made. Amazon and WarnerMedia followed. Award winners started coming out of the woodwork. Today NBC finally said they are pulling out of broadcasting the next awards. And Tom Cruise returned his three awards.

 

 

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