Scarlett Johansson urges ‘take a step back’ from ‘sexist’ HFPA – Deadline

Scarlett Johansson has joined the outcry against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, adding her voice to fellow Avenger Mark Ruffalo, who spoke on Friday. They join with many publicists, studios and media organizations in condemning the lackluster diversity and inclusion initiatives of the HFPA.

“As an actor promoting a film, you are expected to participate in awards season by attending press conferences as well as awards shows,” Johansson said. in its press release. “In the past, this has often meant dealing with sexist questions and remarks from some HFPA members who bordered on sexual harassment. This is the exact reason why I refused to attend their conferences for many years.

“The HFPA is an organization that has been legitimized by figures like Harvey Weinstein to create momentum for Academy recognition, and the industry has followed suit. Unless there is a fundamental reform needed within the organization, I think it’s time we took a step back from the HFPA and focused on the importance and strength of the HFPA. unity within our unions and the industry as a whole.

Johansson’s statement continues breaking the roadblock against HFPA, a move that began mid-week when Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos spoke out and said the studio would not be participating in so many HFPA events. that he would not have reorganized his organizational goals. Amazon Studios, GLAAD, The Black Journalists Assn., Time’s Up and many Hollywood publicists have also denounced the actions of the HFPA.

Always silent is Disney, whose Black Widow starring Johansson hits theaters and Disney + Premier Access this July.

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