Almost a week after the controversial 78th annual Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association tonight offered more details on its plans to be more inclusive and finally include black members in its ranks.
“Hire an independent expert in organizational diversity, equity and inclusion to advise and guide us. Among other important tasks, this expert will check our statutes and membership requirements to help us guard against any exclusionary practices and achieve a more diverse membership, ”the HFPA wrote in a statement posted on all of its membership platforms. social media.
In addition to hiring an “independent expert” and presenting its outreach plans, the HFPA added that it would also hire, like a typical Hollywood company, a third-party law firm to “review the policies of the HFPA to ensure we are aligned with and surpassing the industry. best practices in critical areas. In working with the law firm, the HFPA seeks “a robust process” in which all members can report violations of ethical standards or the code of conduct with “the confidence that it will be dealt with. thorough and fair investigation ”.
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The HFPA’s latest announcement comes nearly a week after its 78th annual Golden Globes, where organizational controversy and lack of diversity have taken center stage. Just days before the annual awards ceremony, Time’s Up and a number of Hollywood figures ranging from Ellen Pompeo to Ava DuVernay slammed the HFPA after a Los Angeles Times briefing revealed that the entity of the The sector had no black journalists among its 87 current members.
During last week’s ceremony, HFPA members took the stage to briefly address the controversy, noting only that “black representation is vital” and that they strive to make membership diverse ” Standard”. After the show, Time’s Up doubled down on its HFPA criticism in an open letter calling the body’s proposed diversification goals “cosmetics”.
“At Time’s Up, we are ready to work for real change. The globes are no longer golden. It is time to act, ”said the letter.
The Critics Choice Association and the Television Academy have since touted the diversity of their members and nominees, as well as their in-depth D&I efforts, respectively.
“These are the first steps we will take over the next 60 days and we will take further action based on the recommendations from these initial reviews and assessments,” the statement continued. “We are committed to achieving these goals in order to increase transparency in our organization and build a more inclusive community.