HFPA Adds 6 Black Members After Backlash Over Lack of Diversity
In SummaryThe HFPA has added 21 new members, including six who are Black, after controversy over their lack of diversity.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the organization responsible for nominations at the Golden Globes, has added 21 new members, including six who are Black.
The organization is made up of journalists from non-American outlets, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In February, it came under fire when a report from the Los Angeles Times revealed there were no Black people out of 87 members.
The issue was also brought up during the 2021 Golden Globes. As Tina Fey and Amy Poehler opened the program, Poehler said, “A number of Black actors and Black-led projects were overlooked.”
After the event, numerous publicists, actors and NBC themselves said they would stop working with the HFPA until they added more diversity. NBC released a statement saying, “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.” The network also said if the HFPA “executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”
In addition, a group of more than 100 public relations firms in Hollywood signed a letter to the HFPA advising them that they would instruct their clients not to work with the organization until it released a plan to transform, Variety reported.
The new class of members is the most diverse in its history with six new Black members, 10 women, six who identify as Latinx, five Asian and four of Middle Eastern/North African descent.
“We are thrilled to welcome these new members into our family,” HFPA President Helen Hoehne said. “We are building a new organization, one that is not focused on fulfilling quotas, but instead has diversity and inclusion at its core, has ethical conduct as the norm, and has people of color involved in every aspect of the Association—from membership to executive leadership.”
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