Weeks after they admitted to having no Black members, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association says they are committed to addressing their diversity issue.
Per The Hollywood Reporter on Monday, the organization behind the Golden Globes pledges to increase its membership to “a minimum” of 100 members this year, “with a requirement that at least 13 percent of the membership be Black journalists.”
“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association reiterates that we are committed to making necessary changes within our organization and in our industry as a whole. We also acknowledge that we should have done more, and sooner,” their statement read.
“As a demonstration of our commitment, the board has unanimously approved a plan to increase membership to a minimum of 100 members this year, with a requirement that at least 13 percent of the membership be Black journalists.”
The HFPA says they are working with their new strategic diversity advisor Dr. Shaun Harper on how to implement these changes.
“We have also started meeting with various advocacy groups and racially diverse partners to gather their input and hear their opinions on the additional reforms that need to take place,” they continued.
“While we recognize this is a long-term process, we will continue to be transparent, provide updates, and have confidence in our ability to change and restore trust in our organization and the Golden Globes. As we do so, we invite others in the Hollywood community to join us in advancing racial equity in our industry,” their statement concluded.
The HFPA’s statement is in response to a Monday letter where over 100 public relation firms said they will pull talent from HFPA events and interviews unless “transformational change” occurs.
“In the last decade our industry has faced a seismic reckoning and begun to address its failure to reflect and honor the diversity of our community, yet we have witnessed no acceptance of responsibility, accountability or action from the HFPA, even as systemic inequity and egregious behavior are allowed to continue,” their letter read.
“We collectively and unequivocally agree that transformative change in your organization and its historical practices is essential and entirely achievable. We want to be part of the solution.”
Last month, the Los Angeles Times published an exposé that said the HFPA has several members of color, none of whom are Black.
While acknowledging this unfortunate fact, the group of 87 international journalists said at the time that they are “committed to addressing” this issue.
Previously, many criticized the 78th ceremony for failing to recognize Black-led, critically acclaimed movies such as “Da 5 Bloods,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” in the Best Motion Picture — Drama category.
When asked about this controversy, a representative told the Times, “We do not control the individual votes of our members,” adding, “We seek to build cultural understanding through film and TV and recognize how the power of creative storytelling can educate people around the world to issues of race, representation, and orientation.”