Practically one week after the controversial 78th annual Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation tonight supplied extra particulars about its plans to be extra inclusive and at last embody Black members amongst their ranks.
“Hiring an unbiased professional in organizational range, fairness and inclusion to advise and information us. Amongst different essential duties, this professional will audit our bylaws and membership necessities to assist us guard in opposition to any exclusionary practices and obtain a extra various membership,” the HFPA wrote in an announcement posted on all of its social media platforms.
Along with hiring an “unbiased professional” and outlining outreach plans, the HFPA added that it, in typical Hollywood company style, may even rent a third-party regulation agency to “evaluate the HFPA polices to make sure we’re aligned with and exceed trade greatest practices in vital areas.” In working with the regulation agency, the HFPA seeks to implement “a sturdy course of” the place any members can report violations of moral requirements or code of conduct with the “confidence that it is going to be absolutely and pretty investigated.”
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The HFPA’s newest announcement comes practically every week after its 78th annual Golden Globes, the place the group’s controversy and lack of range took middle stage. Simply days earlier than the annual awards ceremony Time’s Up and various Hollywood figures starting from Ellen Pompeo to Ava DuVernay criticized the HFPA after a Los Angeles Instances exposé revealed that the trade entity had zero Black journalists amongst its 87 present members.
Throughout final week’s ceremony, HFPA members took the stage to briefly deal with the controversy, solely noting that “Black illustration is important” and that they’re working to make various member ship “the norm.” After the present, Time’s Up doubled up on its HFPA criticism in an open letter dubbing the physique’s proposed diversification objectives “beauty.”
“We at Time’s Up stand able to work for actual change. The Globes are not golden. It’s time to behave,” the letter learn.
The Critics Alternative Affiliation and the Tv Academy have since touted their various membership and nominees, and in-depth D&I efforts, respectively.
“These are the preliminary steps we’ll take over the subsequent 60 days and we’ll perform additional motion primarily based on the suggestions that come from these preliminary evaluations and assessments,” the assertion continued. “We’re dedicated to attaining these targets with the intention to enhance transparency in our group and construct a extra inclusive group.