NBC has announced that it will not air the Golden Globes ceremony in 2022 over ongoing controversy with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). NBC has aired the ceremony beloved by film and television fans annually since 1996. While the HFPA has been no stranger to controversy with consistent snubs and surprises for the nominees, it has recently come under fire after alleged unethical, and possibly even illegal, practices.
The initial report by the Los Angeles Times suggested the association engaged in questionable financial practices and did not have a strong record of diversity and inclusion. In fact, there has not been a Black member in nearly 20 years. After public outrage, the HFPA released a new framework for reform that highlights how it will increase people of color in their ranks. The new measures also place new restrictions on gifts members can receive.
However, NBC has stated that while the HFPA’s intentions are good, the organization offered no timeline as to when the changes would be implemented. NBC said, “We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform...However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”
Actor Tom Cruise has returned his Golden Globe awards as a form of protest against the HFPA. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay commented on Cruise’s bold actions on Twitter, stating, “That time that Tom Cruise sent his @goldenglobes for ‘Jerry Maguire,’ ‘Magnolia’ and ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ in an actual box to the reception desk of HFPA to stand against their sexist, homophobic, racist practices of exclusion, harassment and bias.”
At the time of writing, Netflix, WarnerMedia, and Amazon have all announced boycotts against the HFPA until the organization makes substantial change.
The HFPA will now have to decide whether to make significant changes to their organization or find another service to host the Golden Globes in 2022.
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