While the Golden Globes were just here, Twitter erupted in shock and dismay on Friday that the ceremony’s founding organization, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, has no black members and has not had black members for 20 years.
That didn’t go well with Ava DuVernay, Sterling K. Brown, Judd Apatow, Shonda Rhimes, Jurnee Smollett, Patton Oswalt, and dozens of others who weighed themselves in to express disapproval and cast a shadow over social media.
“One cosmetic solution is not enough,” tweeted Alyssa Milano as she and others put their dissatisfaction on the picture of an award cracked and the description of the problem: “Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Not a single black member of 87.”
“Yesterday’s news. New energy,” tweeted filmmaker and activist DuVernay, who in 2015 was HFPA’s first black woman to be nominated for Best Director.
Old news. New energy. #TimesUpGlobes pic.twitter.com/AzJhTA42W8
– Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 26, 2021
The HFPA composition seems insanely inappropriate given the growing focus on diversity in Hollywood and across the country hastened by protests in the summer following the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
“So many crazy things about the Golden Globes and the Hollywood Foreign Press, but it’s awful,” Apatow said.
“What Price HFPA?” asked Ellen Barkin.
See some of the reactions below.
Color of Change Chief Says Golden Globes Symbolize Hollywood’s Broken Promise on Diversity – Guest Column
The fact that only 87 people are allowed to vote on the Golden Globes at all shows how meaningless and trashy the entire #GoldenGlobes are. And then, to be practically POC free, #TimesUpGlobes https://t.co/EplZ8JeMvG
– Mondogarage (@mondogarage) February 27, 2021