Time's Up calls out Golden Globes for lack of Black members, stars join protest

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Time’s up for the 2021 Golden Globes.

The awards show, which is set to air on Sunday on NBC, has received sharp criticism for its lack of Black members in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group responsible for nominees.

The protest campaign was launched by the organization Time’s Up with the campaign #TimesUpGlobes.

“A cosmetic fix isn’t enough,” the group tweeted.

A chorus of Hollywood stars quickly joined the movement and echoed its message including Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington, Justin Timberlake, and Amy Schumer.

Film director and comedian Judd Apatow weighed in writing, “So many crazy things about the @goldenglobes and the Hollywood Foreign press but this is awful. #timesupglobes.”

American filmmaker Ava DuVernay noted it was “Old News. New energy.”

“This Is Us” actor Sterling K. Brown, who is also a presenter at Sunday’s show, posted the Time’s Up photo, writing: “For any governing body of a current Hollywood award show to have such a lack of voting representation illustrates a level of irresponsibility that should not be ignored,” he said.

Brown encouraged the HFPA to do better and emphasized they have a responsibility to show its “constituency is fully reflective of the world in which we live.”

“And having a multitude of Black presenters does not absolve you of your lack of diversity,” he continued, adding, “This is your moment to do the right thing. It is my hope that you will.”

The lack of diversity was illuminated in a report from the Los Angeles Times. While the report acknowledged that the group of 87 members – composed of journalists and photographers – included members of color, it noted that none of them were Black.

After being called out, the HFPA said they were “committed to addressing” the issue.

In a statement on Friday, the HFPA revealed they’re working on an “action plan” to admit Black members

“We are fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, TV and the artists inspiring and educating them,” the HFPA statement read.

“We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible.”

A spokesperson for the HFPA said they are open and willing to meet with groups such as Time’s Up and prospective Black members. The organization said it welcomes journalists from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds based in Southern California that cover entertainment for foreign media.

Former HFPA president Meher Tatna told Variety that the organization hasn't had a Black member in nearly two decades.

Questions first began to arise when the critically applauded HBO series “I May Destroy You” was snubbed from the list of nominees, while comedy-drama “Emily in Paris,” which garnered mixed reviews from critics, snagged two nomaintions.

The investigation later revealed that over 30 HFPA voting members were flown to Paris for a lavish set tour by the producers of Darren Star’s Netflix series.

Other Black-centric films not nominated in the best picture category this year include “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,” “One Night in Miami” and “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”

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