NBC will not air Golden Globes in 2022 due to lack of diversity in HFPA
By: Alyssa Wilson
NBC will not air the next Golden Globes awards ceremony on its network ending their decades-long relationship with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) that has come under fire for lack of diversity.
During the 2021 ceremony, the HFPA was harshly criticized for not having any Black members. As Tina Fey and Amy Poehler opened the show, Poehler said,” a number of Black actors and Black-led projects were overlooked.”
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) March 1, 2021
NBC released a statement Monday 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,” CNN reported.
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.
In addition to pressure from publicists, several influential celebrities are speaking out. Actor Tom Cruise returned three Golden Globe trophies he received from the HFPA for his performances in “Jerry Maguire,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” and “Magnolia.” Actress Scarlett Johansson is urging members in the industry to stop supporting the organization due to their sexist questions that she said “bordered on sexual harassment.”
The HFPA has now pledged to admit at least 13 Black members to the organization and released a timeline for reform. The plan outlines several changes, including a timetable to meet with advocacy groups, revise the code of conduct, conduct DEI and sexual harassment training, make changes to Bylaw amendments and add new members.
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) May 10, 2021