2:31pm PDT, May 10, 2021
NBC isn’t feeling golden anymore. On May 10, the network announced that it wouldn’t air the 2022 Golden Globes due to the lack of diversity within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that produces the awards. Prior to NBC’s decision, a chorus of celebrities spoke out against HFPA’s struggle to reform. Tom Cruise, for instance, shocked many as he returned his three Golden Globe trophies in protest against the HFPA and its proposed reforms. The actor has won Globes for “Jerry Maguire,” “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Magnolia.” Click through to see the other celebrities that are demanding meaningful change and have spoken out against the Globes’s diversity issue…
“As an actor promoting a film, one is expected to participate in awards season by attending press conferences as well as awards shows. In the past, this has often meant facing sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment. It is the exact reason why I, for many years, refused to participate in their conferences. The HFPA is an organization that was legitimized by the likes of [former mogul] Harvey Weinstein to amass momentum for Academy recognition and the industry followed suit. Unless there is necessary fundamental reform within the organization, I believe it is time that we take a step back from the HFPA and focus on the importance and strength of unity within our unions and the industry as a whole.” —Scarlett Johansson, via the Los Angeles Times
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“It’s discouraging to see the HFPA, which has gained prominence and profited handsomely from their involvement with filmmakers and actors, resist the change that is being asked of them from many of the groups that have been most disenfranchised by their culture of secrecy and exclusion. Now is the time to step up and right the wrongs of the past. Honestly, as a recent winner of a Golden Globe, I cannot feel proud or happy about being a recipient of this award,” Mark Ruffalo said in a statement. After the NBC announcement, he tweeted, “Thank you, @NBC, for taking the time to do this right. #ChangeIsGolden.”
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“Glad to see @netflix dedication to creating a more equitable and inclusive entertainment industry,” Reese Witherspoon tweeted after Netflix, Amazon and WarnerMedia joined a HFPA boycott.
“Everything matters. Even this. The ripple effects echo through our industry, especially for Black artists and artists of color. Kudos to all the activists, artists, publicists and executives who took a stand to make this so.” –Ava DuVernay
“This is so important. Thank you @netflix for taking a stand,” Kerry Washington tweeted after Netflix’s boycott of the Golden Globes.
“Every step forward matters. So many people in front of/behind the camera, at studios/streamers & PR firms took a stand to shift a piece of the biz model that affects the economic futures of artists who are often tokenized/not included. These steps can work in any industry.” –Shonda Rhimes
“So funny how Hollywood is all torn over the HFP/Golden Globes acting like they haven’t been paying for those trophies this whole time.” –Ethan Embry