Time’s Up detonates HFPA statement on lack of black people in organization – Deadline

It has been a busy night for Time’s Up as they sent not one, but two letters Sunday night regarding a fragile statement made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) regarding the lack of inclusion of blacks in their organization. And just to make sure their bases were covered, Time’s Up also sent a letter to NBCUniversal to make sure they’re held accountable.

The first letter was addressed to Meher Tatna of HFPA, Chairman of the Board; Ali Sar, President and Helen Hoehne, Vice President. The trio appeared on stage on Sunday night on the Golden Globes telecast to address the lack of blacks in the organization. The apparition was brief and didn’t seem to have a sense of urgency. Instead, it seemed trite and fleeting. Time’s Up CEO, Tina Tchen, didn’t mince words.

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“The HFPA’s statements tonight and over the past few days indicate a fundamental lack of understanding of the depth of the issues to be addressed,” Tchen said in the letter. “Your stated version of the change is cosmetic – find black people. This is not a solution.

She continued, “Problems with the HFPA cannot be resolved simply by finding new members who meet your self-declared membership criteria. This criterion reflects a fundamental lack of understanding of the problems to be solved. Change only occurs from an awareness of larger cultural issues, as well as a long-term commitment to systemic change. Membership in a small, exclusive private association would generally not merit such a concern. However, there is no question that the HFPA awards ceremony has a disproportionate impact on the entertainment industry and, by extension, on our overall culture.

In the letter to NBCUniversal, which aired the telecast, Tchen said, “A lot of the credibility of the Golden Globes comes from its affiliation with your network. NBCUniversal has a reputational interest in resolving these issues. Doing so is in line with your Chairman Brian Roberts’ commitment that “the business will try to play an integral role in driving sustainable reform”. As the leaders of NBCUniversal Television, your power as stakeholders makes you an effective force for change. “

The letter goes on to say, “We recognize the importance of the Golden Globes to awards season, but a claim for significant real estate is not an exemption from a lack of obligation to the ethical standards adopted by the industry. On the contrary, it is your obligation. We urge NBCUniversal to lead this effort. At Time’s Up, we are ready to work for real change. The globes are no longer golden. It’s time to act.

Read the full letter to HFPA below.

Dear Mrs Tatna, Mrs Hoehne and Mr Sar,

Three years ago, TIME’S UP sparked a movement at the Golden Globes. By committing to work with allies across the country – across the world – we have demanded workplaces free from sexual harassment and demanding that institutions rife with inequality open their doors and create greater opportunities for all. We are now at your doorstep to discuss your workplace.

Yes, the lack of diverse representation among your members is significant and embarrassing in itself. However, this is just one of the many inclusion and respect concerns that have been documented in the LA Times, The New York Times, and most industry trade journals. You are aware of every allegation. We also gathered them on our website.

Now you need to address the systemic issues within your organization.

HFPA statements tonight and over the past few days indicate a fundamental lack of understanding of the depth of the issues at hand. Your stated version of the change is cosmetic – find black people. This is not a solution.

Problems with the HFPA cannot be resolved simply by searching for new members who meet your self-declared membership criteria. This criterion reflects a fundamental lack of understanding of the problems to be solved. Change only occurs from an awareness of larger cultural issues, as well as a long-term commitment to systemic change. Membership in a small, exclusive private association would generally not merit such a concern. However, there is no question that the HFPA awards ceremony has a disproportionate impact on the entertainment industry and, by extension, on our overall culture.

We have listened this evening and hoped to hear the HFPA respond with some awareness that the industry’s dissatisfaction with your organization’s practices goes far beyond what you have offered tonight and the days before. What we had hoped for was that not having a black member was a symptom of a problem, not just the problem itself.

At TIME’S UP, we know that the only way to create safe, fair and dignified work for all is to break down hidden power structures and toxic cultures that block full inclusion and fairness.

The globes are no longer golden. At TIME’S UP, we are ready to work for real change.

Truly,

Tina Tchen
President and CEO

Read the letter to NBC below.

Dear colleagues,

Three years ago, TIME’S UP sparked a movement at the Golden Globes. By committing to work with allies across the country – across the world – we have demanded workplaces free from sexual harassment and demanding that institutions rife with inequality open their doors and create greater opportunities for all.

We need to fix the Golden Globes.

Statements made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) tonight and over the past few days indicate that the organization believes it can fix the issue. Nothing that has been shared so far should give industry assurance that the organization alone will create the solution. If the HFPA had understood the social calculation of that time, it wouldn’t have needed an LA

The Times briefing followed by negative global press and a social media punch to announce a commitment to change. The organization’s declared version of the change is cosmetic – find black people. This is not a solution.

Change only occurs from an awareness of larger cultural issues, as well as a long-term commitment to systemic change. We wish the HFPA responded tonight knowing that the industry’s dissatisfaction with their practices goes far beyond the embarrassing disclosure they can’t remember the last time they had a member. black.

We will not list for you in this letter the many concerns that have preoccupied the HFPA for years.

We have compiled these on our website. And there are others that you may not yet be aware of. It goes way beyond the simplistic description we’ve heard tonight of representation and inclusion. The rewards process must be free from concerns of racism or misogyny and free from stories of rampant discrimination against filmmakers of color and discomfort from actors participating in any event.

The HFPA’s self-reported membership criteria demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding of the issues to be addressed. It calls into question the entire mission of the organization itself. The inner workings of a small, exclusive private association would generally not merit such concern. However, this requires change as the HFPA award show airing on your network has a disproportionate impact on the entertainment industry and by extension our global culture.

Much of the Golden Globes’ credibility comes from its affiliation with your network. NBCUniversal has a reputational interest in resolving these issues. Doing so is in keeping with your Chairman Brian Roberts’ commitment that “the business will try to play an integral role in driving sustainable reform.” As the leaders of NBCUniversal Television, your power as stakeholders makes you an effective force for change.

At TIME’S UP, we know that the only way to create safe, fair and dignified work for all is to break down hidden power structures and toxic cultures that block full inclusion and fairness.

We recognize the importance of the Golden Globes to awards season, but a claim for significant real estate is not an exemption from a lack of obligation to ethical standards adopted by the industry. On the contrary, it is your obligation. We urge NBCUniversal to lead this effort. At TIME’S UP, we are ready to work for real change. The globes are no longer golden. It’s time to act.

Truly,

Tina Tchen
President and CEO

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