Protest actions against Golden Globe’s Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has picked up steam as big names in the entertainment launch boycott movement.
HFPA represents the group of journalists and photographers who cast votes in deciding who receives the annual Golden Globe recognition as the best in the entertainment industry. However, many have complained for years that the 87-member association has no black journalist in its ranks. It’s also being criticized for ignoring female filmmakers for years.
NBC to Stop Broadcasting Golden Globe Awarding Ceremonies by 2022
Last Monday (May 10), NBC, Golden Globe’s TV broadcaster for years, announced that it has no plans of airing the 2022 Golden Globe awarding ceremonies. Although the HFPA released a statement saying it intends to implement changes, NBC said that if ever the group executes its plans, such changes take time to implement. The earliest that NBC can air the show will be in January 2023.
Netflix, Amazon and Tom Cruise Made Similar Boycott Announcements
During the same week, streaming giants Netflix and Amazon announced that they too will not work with HFPA until meaningful changes have taken place. Tom Cruise immediately followed them up with his own act of protest by returning the three Golden Globe awards he received for Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire and Magnolia.
HFPA Communicate Its Itinerary for the Transformational Changes
Immediately following NBC’s announcement last Monday, the HFPA Board issued its own statement saying that they are making it their priority to institute transformational changes, As show of its commitment, the statement included an itinerary of the actions they will take.
The final plans will be executed in August, which will include accepting the resignation of all existing board members and officers, to make way for the admission of new members and election of a new set of board members, leading to the introduction of a new CEO and CFO.