TIME’S UP Calls HFPA’s Reforms ‘Window-Dressing Platitudes’

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Yesterday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association voted to approve new reforms aimed at addressing systemic problems of racism and corruption. This follows a meeting with TIME’S UP, publicity leaders, and Color of Change, after which the HFPA’s diversity and crisis management consultants quit.

In a letter issued today, TIME’S UP outlined the reasons why the HFPA’s proposals still fall short. Read the full letter to the HFPA here

Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Foundation, provided the following statement:

“May 6 was the day the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) said the Golden Globes would detail its commitment to transformational change and would finally uproot the systemic and longstanding racism, misogyny, and corruption widely reported as endemic to the HFPA and the Golden Globe Awards. 

“Sadly, the list of reforms adopted yesterday, and endorsed by NBCUniversal and Dick Clark Productions, are sorely lacking and hardly transformational. Instead, these measures ensure that the current membership of the HFPA will remain in the majority and that the next Golden Globe Awards will be decided with the same fundamental problems that have existed for years.  

“The HFPA’s list of recommendations largely contains no specifics, no commitments to real accountability or change, and no real timeline to implement these changes. The HFPA’s proposed September 1 deadline for some but not all reforms comes well after the next awards cycle will have started. And even its proposal to increase membership by 50% comes with no commitments that the decisions to admit new members will be made in an equitable and inclusive manner with full transparency and oversight.  

“Even more striking is the complete silence from the HFPA about reforms to the deeply-troubled nominations and awards process. This includes the absence of any commitment to ensure that the Golden Globe awards and categories are free from discriminatory criteria, that the practice of unprofessional, exclusive press conferences will end, or that voting members will perform the basic function of watching the nominated projects.

“The window-dressing platitudes adopted yesterday are neither the transformation that was promised nor what our creative community deserves. Any organization or sponsors that set themselves up to pass judgment on our vibrant community of creators and talent must do better.”

TIME’S UP Foundation

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