It has been reported that the Golden Globes will not be airing on NBC next year following months of criticism of its lack of diversity. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who is responsible for putting on the Golden Globes, has been under acute fire because its board does not have any Black members. It is not just Black Hollywood that is concerned with the boards’ practices; white actors have been taking a stand as well. Tom Cruise returned his Golden Globe awards in protest of the non-diverse HFPA, putting on pressure to create change and reform.
The Associated Press reports, “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, long a subject of ridicule from even its own telecast hosts, has come under fire following an investigative report in February by “The Los Angeles Times” that recounted the organization’s questionable record on diversity—including, presently, no Black members among its roughly 90 voting members.”
In light of the criticism, the HFPA released a statement expressing they are “fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, TV and the artists inspiring and educating them.” The statement goes on to say that they “understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds” and they would “immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible.”
NBC also issued a statement announcing why they have decided not to air the awards show in 2022: “We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes.”
This is another important step in the effort to raise awareness and to promote change in the systemic racism that lives deeply in the crevices of Hollywood award shows and its very elite and very white gatekeepers who have consistently blocked brilliant Black actors from receiving the recognition they deserve. The Hollywood community, along with NBC, has drawn a line and insists on forcing the HFPA to make changes in the culture of the Golden Globes.
HFPA responded, saying, “Regardless of the next air date of the Golden Globes, implementing transformational changes as quickly—and as thoughtfully—as possible remains the top priority for our organization. We invite our partners in the industry to the table to work with us on the systemic reform that is long overdue, both in our organization as well as within the industry at large.”
This is an effort in the right direction, although HFPA has promised to expand their diversity of Black people to only 13%. Nonetheless, this low number may change as the board continues to feel the pressure to move into a new light of inclusivity and an equal distribution of power within the foundation of the Golden Globes.