Monday, June 17, 2024

The Golden Globes People and the Time’s Up People Are Fighting with Each Other Near Midnight on A Saturday


Like anyone cares. The HFPA and Time’s Up seem to think that fighting about diversity in the Golden Globes should happen after 10pm Eastern on a Saturday night.

The other day as I drove east on 16th Street from the West Side Highway I saw two women taking boxes out of a moving truck in front of the Fulton Housing Project. “Moving out?” I asked while idling at the red light. They said, no, “Food pantry.” There was a line of people waiting just beyond for food and supplies because they had no money thanks to the pandemic. Trust me they were not holding screening tickets.

Both the HFPA and Time’s Up are foolish organizations. The Globes already had the lowest rating for any TV show ever. They have always been involved in scandals and have never known how to handle them. Now they’re promising to become diverse without really doing anything. Their statement is below.

Then Time’s Up which I told you has the most questionable finances since the HFPA is attacking them. This is the group with $2.3 million in salaries and nothing for anyone who’s in trouble.

I mean, I am laughing. How can anyone take this seriously?

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

“So NBCUniversal, Dick Clark Productions, and the HFPA just declared that they have a plan to fix problems they’ve ignored for decades. We’re not so sure. On behalf of the many artists who look to us to hold the HFPA’s feet to the fire on the racism, disrespect, misogyny, and alleged corrupt financial dealings of the Golden Globes, we need to see specific details, timetables for change, and firm commitments. The right words are not enough. The clock is ticking.”

 Here’s what the Globes posted to Twitter:

Why does the HFPA put out a statement late on a Saturday night? To dump it into the abyss. These 90 people have lived for so long on the largesse of licensing money from NBC that they have no idea there is a food pantry on West 16th or anywhere else in this country, and that those people who are suffering did not watch their TV show last Sunday night and are not concerned about awards shows.

Let’s get real.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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