Golden Globes committee pledges “transformational change” after diversity exposé

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 27: A view of the Golden Globe Trophy on display during the 78th Annual Golden Globe® Awards aired on February 28th, 2021 at The Rainbow Room on February 27, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Hollywood Foreign Press Association)

The committee behind the Golden Globes has pledged “transformational change” within the wake of an exposé that exposed an absence of variety inside its ranks.

The Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation (HFPA) was the subject of an exposé by the LA Times ahead of this year’s ceremony, which came about final weekend (February 28).

Within the article, it was revealed that there hadn’t been a Black member of the HFPA for many years, in addition to alleged corrupt behaviour from the board.

Now, the HFPA has shared an announcement on the Golden Globes’ social media accounts, detailing how they are going to rectify the problems throughout the organisation and enact change. “We on the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation are dedicated to transformational change,” the assertion started. “Efficient instantly, the Board – in session with outdoors advisors – will oversee reforms and be accountable for that change.”

They went on to record “quick motion objects” that will result in that change, together with “hiring an unbiased knowledgeable in organisational variety, fairness and inclusion to advise and information us”, placing a “particular focus” on including Black and “different underrepresented professionals” to the group and “hiring a third-party, unbiased regulation agency to overview the HFPA insurance policies”.

The HFPA will even work with a regulation agency to strengthen routes for confidential reporting and investigations of any potential violation of moral requirements and codes of conduct, enhance efforts to “create transparency into our operations, voting, processes, eligibility and membership”, and improve help of internship, mentorship and scholarship programmes for Black and different underrepresented college students excited about worldwide journalism.

In a last slide, the HFPA stated they “should and can do extra”. “These are the preliminary steps we’ll take over the subsequent 60 days and we’ll perform additional motion primarily based on the suggestions that come from these preliminary evaluations and assessments,” they stated. “We’re dedicated to attaining these goals in an effort to improve transparency in our organisation and construct a extra inclusive neighborhood.”

Trade figures have criticised the HFPA’s suggestion that its personal board will likely be in control of these subsequent steps. “So, the board is gonna oversee its personal reform?” Ava DuVernay tweeted. “Identical board that oversees and advantages from the present practices and has knowingly perpetuated the HFPA’s corrupt dealings and racial inequity for many years? Acquired it.”

So, the board is gonna oversee its personal reform? Identical board that oversees and advantages from the present practices and has knowingly perpetuated the HFPA’s corrupt dealings and racial inequity for many years? Acquired it.

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 7, 2021

In an announcement, Time’s Up president and CEO Tina Tchen additionally referred to as for the board to go additional. “So NBCUniversal, Dick Clark Productions, and the HFPA simply declared that they’ve a plan to repair issues they’ve ignored for many years,” she stated.

“We’re not so positive. On behalf of the various artists who look to us to carry the HFPA’s toes to the hearth on the racism, disrespect, misogyny, and alleged corrupt monetary dealings of the Golden Globes, we have to see particular particulars, timetables for change, and agency commitments. The suitable phrases should not sufficient. The clock is ticking.”

In response to Deadline, it’s believed that Time’s Up members met with NBC executives earlier this week and inspired the community to make use of its affect over the awards physique to assist create a shift in the direction of extra variety.

The HFPA previously addressed the revelations of the exposé during the 2021 Golden Globes. Three members of the board appeared through the broadcast to touch upon the problem, however had been criticised for not giving any element on how they deliberate to realize higher ranges of illustration.


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