Amid a flurry of criticism regarding everything from ethical lapses to entrenched racism, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is up against one more fallen domino. NBC, the network that traditionally airs the organization’s annual Golden Globe Awards and has since 1996, announced on Monday that it won’t carry the show in 2022. It may, however, invite the broadcast back to its airwaves in 2023 if the organization can enact big, transformative changes it’s promised to make.
“We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform,” NBC said in a statement. “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. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”
NBC says HFPA needs “time and work” to make necessary reforms and has abruptly decided (after staying mostly silent) to drop the 2022 #GoldenGlobes awards telecast.
— Gary Levin (@GaryMLevin) May 10, 2021
Hollywood’s revolt against HFPA and the Globes had been coming to a head for months. In February, the Los Angeles Times published an investigation that detailed accusations of members exchanging votes for gifts and perks and paying members despite being tax exempt. Diversity has also been an ongoing problem within HFPA; prior to this year’s Globes ceremony, it was revealed that the organization doesn’t have a single Black member.
In April, HFPA expelled from its ranks eight-term former president Philip Berk, who’d been a controversial figure since actor Brendan Fraser accused him of assault in a 2018 interview with GQ. Then, earlier this month, HFPA’s members voted in favor of enacting “transformational change” within the organization. “We remain dedicated to becoming a better organization and an example of diversity, transparency, and accountability in the industry,” HFPA President Ali Sar said in a statement at the time.
Both networks and industry groups have been dubious of HFPA’s proposed reforms. In a letter to the organization’s members, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos said his network would no longer be working with HFPA. “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,” Sarandos wrote. “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.”
Both Amazon and Warner Bros. announced similar plans to cut ties with the organization, and, in recent days, individual actors began to speak out and take action. Actress Scarlett Johansson said she faced “sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment.” Her Avengers costar Mark Ruffalo said in a statement, “Honestly, as a recent winner of a Golden Globe, I cannot feel proud or happy about being a recipient of this award…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.” Three-time Golden Globe winner Tom Cruise took a stand by returning his statues to HFPA.
That time that Tom Cruise sent his @goldenglobes for “Jerry Maguire,” “Magnolia” and “Born on the Fourth of July” in an actual box to the reception desk of HFPA to stand against their sexist, homophobic, racist practices of exclusion, harassment and bias.https://t.co/mjkr2qrOoL
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 10, 2021
It’s not the first time controversy has led NBC to drop the Globes. In 1968, the network declined to broadcast the awards show after the FCC alleged that the show “substantially misleads the public as to how the winners were chosen and the procedures followed in choosing them.”
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