Hollywood Foreign Press Association Pledges Action Concerning Lack of Diversity and Ethics Allegations

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the 87-member organization that presents the Golden Globe Awards, issued a statement Saturday in response to increasing criticism concerning its lack of diversity and questionable ethics.

The Friday before the awards in late February, a tidal wave of A-listers, led by Ava DuVernay, J.J. Abrams, Sterling K. Brown, and others, posted messages to social media decrying that the group had not one Black member in its voting body, and had not for 20 years. It led to the #TimesUpGlobes hashtag which trended all weekend, and drew a strong showing of support from many in the industry who are understandably wary of this small-yet-influential group.

This came on the heels of an exposé in The Los Angeles Times listing numerous alleged ethical breaches. (“We are an archaic organization,” one anonymous member confided to the paper.)

During the broadcast itself, the HFPA’s new president, Ali Sar, flanked by chair Meher Tatna and Vice President Helen Hoehne made a brief statement about “creating an environment where diverse membership is the norm, not the exception.”

With Saturday’s release of four Instagram slides, the group’s plans are a little clearer.

Independent consultants have been hired to audit the bylaws and annual anti-racism training is in the HFPA’s future, as is outreach to grow their numbers with Black and minority members. A law firm has been hired to aid with in-house reporting on any ethical violations and ensure transparency. The statement adds that these measures will be taken within 60 days.

The Time’s Up Foundation responded soon thereafter. “The right words are not enough,” the group said, demanding to see more specific timetables and commitments.

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