A group of about a hundred Hollywood firms raised their concern about the recently released plans by Hollywood Foreign Press Association to overhaul.
GLAAD, Time’s Up, and Netflix were among those who agree that the new amendments will not go far enough. A statement was thrown on Twitter by Marc Ruffalo, expressing, “Now is the time to step up and right the wrongs of the past. Honestly, as the recent winner of a Golden Globe, I cannot feel proud or happy about being a recipient of this award.”
A statement released by the group on Friday goes as follows. “We will continue to refrain from any HFPA sanctioned events, including press conferences, unless and until these issues are illuminated in detail with a firm commitment to a timeline that respects the looming 2022 season reality “We stand ready to collaborate with the HFPA to ensure that-the next Golden Globes — be it in 2022 or 2023 — represents the values of our creative community. We are reminded of the HFPA’s 1943 motto, conceived by the original group of foreign journalists: ‘Unity Without Discrimination of Religion or Race.’ Seventy-eight years hence, your commitment to swift and deliberate action remains essential.”
HFPA members green signalled the plan put forth by its board to overhaul the non-profit on this Thursday after a fair voting of 70 to 3 ratio.
The publicist people sent an official letter to the HFPA on March 15 warning that they have advised clients not to work with them until they committed to making some serious changes. The HFPA has been bad-mouthed for years all along about accepting perks from studios in the quest for Golden Globe awards.
Co-CEO Ted Sarandos of Netflix confirmed that he had sent a letter to the HFPA’s committee, which reads, “We don’t believe these proposed new policies — particularly around the size and speed of membership growth — will tackle the HFPA’s systemic diversity and inclusion challenges, or the lack of clear standards for how your members should operate. So, we’re stopping any activities with your organization until more meaningful changes are made. Netflix and many of the talent and creators we work with cannot ignore the HFPA’s collective failure to address these crucial issues with urgency and rigor.”
Sarah Kate Ellis the CEO of GLAAD also stated similar lines in anger. “The reforms announced on Thursday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association do not go far enough to ensure the organization’s future integrity as a place where historically marginalized communities — including the LGBTQ community — feel welcomed; especially not in time for meaningful change to take place before the 2022 awards season. There is a lack of transparency and accountability which still has yet to be addressed. It’s not enough for the HFPA to just say that they are working towards having a certain number of Black members. It’s time for the HFPA and the Golden Globes to truly reflect the full intersectional diversity of Hollywood. GLAAD stands alongside all those who are calling for further and more rapid change, real inclusion, and true acceptance.”
CEO Tina Chen of Time’s Up Foundation also presents her similar views “Sadly, the list of ‘reforms’ adopted yesterday, and endorsed by NBCUniversal and Dick Clark Productions, are sorely lacking and hardly transformational. Instead, these measures ensure that the current membership of the HFPA will remain in the majority and that the next Golden Globes will be decided with the same fundamental problems that have existed for years.”