With the Golden Globes almost here, Twitter erupted in shock and dismay on Friday that the ceremony’s founding organization, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, has no black members and hasn’t done so for 20 years.
After the weak recognition of the issue raised yesterday by the HFPA, the reality of the situation did not please Ava DuVernay, former Globe winner Sterling K. Brown, Judd Apatow, Shonda Rhimes, Lovecraft CountryJurnee Smollett, Patton Oswalt and dozens of others who have weighed in on social media to express their displeasure, casting a major shadow on social media.
“A cosmetic solution is not enough,” Rhimes, Kerry Washington and Alyssa Milano tweeted as they and others posed their displeasure over the image of a cracked price and descriptions of the problem: “Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Not a single black member out of 87. “
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“Old news. New energy, ”tweeted filmmaker and activist DuVernay, who was the first black woman named best director by HFPA in 2015.
– Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 26, 2021
The makeup of the HFPA seems incredibly outdated given the growing attention to diversity in Hollywood and across the country, accelerated by protests this summer after the police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
“So many crazy things about the Golden Globes and the Hollywood Foreign Press, but it’s horrible,” Apatow said.
“What price HFPA?” Ellen Barkin asked.
See some of the reactions below.
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The fact that only 87 people are eligible to vote at the Golden Globes in the first place, shows how fcking makes no sense and destroys the whole #Golden globes is. And then, to be practically devoid of POC, #TimesUpGlobes https://t.co/EplZ8JeMvG
– mondogarage (@mondogarage) February 27, 2021
– Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) February 26, 2021
– jurné smollett (@jurneesmollett) February 26, 2021
– Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) February 26, 2021
– Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 26, 2021
– Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) February 27, 2021
– shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) February 26, 2021
– Mike Jackson (@mikejackson) February 27, 2021
The 78th Annual Golden Globes airs on NBC on February 28.
Erik Pedersen and Dominic Patten contributed to this report.