In trend with Amazon, Netflix, and WarnerMedia, NBC has announced that they will not be airing the 2022 Golden Globes.
The boycott is in response to complaints about a lack of diversity at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The organization has run the ceremony since its inception in 1944, previously known as the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association. Opposition to the organization heightened after the Los Angeles Times released a report claiming that none of HFPA’s 87 LA based members are black. The report also stated that HFPA is dodging a lawsuit filed by a Norweigan entertainment journalist, Kjersti Flaa.
The LA Times wrote, “In her suit, Kjersti Flaa accused the HFPA of institutionalizing a ‘culture of corruption,’ claiming the tax-exempt organization operated as a kind of cartel, barring qualified applicants — including herself — and monopolizing all-important press access while improperly subsidizing its members’ income. The group, Flaa asserted, was rife with ethical conflicts, with members accepting ‘thousands of dollars in emoluments’ from the very same studios, networks and celebrities they conferred trophies upon, all of it hidden behind a ‘code of silence.’”
The scrutiny continues despite HFPA’s vow to “diversify.” The organization announced they will make changes to their board within the next 18 months. Such changes include opening membership to new journalists, eliminating the requirement that current members sponsor applicants, and removing admission caps. HFPA vowed to work with third parties in accepting new members, and accept journalists outside of Southern California. They wrote, “We have engaged in much-needed, deep introspection with the help and guidance of our outside advisors, experts in diversity and inclusion, and our media partners. Together, we have created a roadmap for transformational change in our organization.” NBC stated, “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.”
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