Saturday, April 13, 2024

Golden Globes Announce New Rules But Make No Effort to Diversify Membership or Add Black Critics


I don’t get it. I wish someone could explain this to me.

The Hollywood Foreign Press, on August 5th, 2021 still has not added a single African American or even Black from some country member to its 90 person group.

They’ve literally lost the 2022 Golden Globes show on NBC because of their lack of diversity. Publicity companies won’t deal with them. This has been going on for months and months and no effort has been made to change their situation.

Today the HFPA announced a bunch of new rules, the details of which are not interesting to the general public. They can’t take gifts or trips, etc. They have to be nicer to each other and new members. I’m not getting into the weeds here.

What hasn’t happened is the immediate addition of multicultural members. The longer this goes on, the worse it gets. All they say today is they’re hiring an HR person, a diversity officer, and so on. About five or six new positions with salaries. But I can think of five or six qualified potential members right off the bat. I don’t know why the HFPA can’t.


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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