HFPA Moving Toward Reform After Controversy Over Lack of Black Members
By: Alyssa Wilson
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is moving towards reform after major controversy over the group’s lack of Black members.
The majority of the group’s 84 members voted for a slate of newly proposed bylaws meant to make changes, expand membership with a focus on diversity and restore credibility to the organization within the entertainment industry, the Los Angeles Times reported.
At the 2021 Golden Globes Award show, the HFPA was harshly criticized for its lack of Black members. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler opened the program, noting that the projects and performances by Black people were overlooked.
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NBC ended its decades-long relationship with the HFPA after the Golden Globes, 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.” A group of more than 100 public relations firms in Hollywood also signed a letter informing the organization they would instruct their clients not to work with them until a plan for change was released.
The HFPA letter pledged to admit at least 13 Black members to the organization and released a timeline for reform outlining several changes, including a schedule to meet with advocacy groups, revisions to the code of conduct, DEI and sexual harassment training and changes to key organizational documents.
Under the new bylaws, the organization is expected to have elections for a new board by September. The board is then expected to appoint a CEO and other professional managers, including one with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. Lastly, the HFPA hopes to bring the Golden Globes back on television in January 2023.
HFPA Board President Ali Sar said, “All of these promised reforms can serve as industry benchmarks and allow us to once again partner meaningfully with Hollywood moving forward.”