The Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation has introduced the biggest class of latest members within the group’s historical past, simply months after the group behind the Golden Globes confronted criticism for its lack of variety and alleged corruption. The category contains 21 new members and is being touted because the HFPA’s “most diverse” in historical past. But with six Black members, it nonetheless leaves the HFPA wanting its promise to succeed in 13 p.c Black membership by the 2022 Globes, made after the revelation that the group beforehand had zero Black members. “We are building a new organization, one that is not focused on fulfilling quotas, but instead has diversity and inclusion at its core, has ethical conduct as the norm, and has people of color involved in every aspect of the Association — from membership to executive leadership,” stated president Helen Hoehne in an announcement. (Certainly, per the discharge, folks of shade are actually concerned within the group’s board of administrators, credentials committee, and advisory board.)
Amongst different modifications, HFPA members could now reside throughout the U.S., moderately than being required to reside in Southern California, and may fit in any medium, as a substitute of solely in print. Following a report that HFPA members traveled to a lavish Emily in Paris junket on Paramount Community’s dime (earlier than the present moved to Netflix), the group has additionally added new moral guidelines. “Members can no longer accept promotional materials or other gifts from studios, publicists, actors, directors or others associated with motion pictures and television programs,” per the discharge, with a further stipulation that members pay for their very own journey to occasions.
The brand new members — who deliver the group to 105 members altogether, previous the acknowledged aim of 100 by 2022 — be a part of as just a few others have departed the HFPA. In April, former HFPA president Phil Berk was ousted after reviews of an electronic mail during which he referred to as Black Lives Matter a “racist hate movement.” Then, in June, two members resigned from the HFPA, calling the group “toxic” and expressing a insecurity in its deliberate reforms. In the meantime, the destiny of the 2022 Golden Globes themselves stays unclear, after NBC introduced in Might it might not broadcast the upcoming ceremony.