Reform vow over Golden Globes amid scrutiny on diversity

Reform vow over Golden Globes amid scrutiny on diversity
The Golden Globes (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The group behind the Golden Globe Awards has said it is committed to immediate “transformational change” and reforms amid heightened scrutiny around its membership and practices.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) said in a statement that it would focus on adding black and other under-represented members to its organisation in addition to increasing transparency around its operations.

The group outlined initial steps that it will take over the next 60 days, including hiring independent experts to audit its rules and membership requirements, engaging in outreach to add black professionals to the organisation, and hiring an independent law firm to review its policies and to set up a confidential way for individuals to report violations.

In the lead up to the 2021 Golden Globes last weekend, a series of exposes in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times gave the group an unflattering spotlight for its lack of black members and financial practices, leading to widespread criticism from those in the entertainment industry.

Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler called for change on the broadcast, as did award winners on the night, including Jane Fonda and Dan Levy.

Three HFPA members took to the stage during the show to acknowledge the controversy.

The Time’s Up Foundation issued a statement in response to the organisation’s new game plan, expressing scepticism that the HFPA will fix its problems and demanding more specific details, timetables and firm commitments.

Time’s Up president and CEO Tina Tchen said that “the clock is ticking”.

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