“We cannot advocate for our clients to participate in HFPA events or interviews as we await your explicit plans and timeline for transformational change,” reads the unprecedented missive.
It’s bad enough for a Hollywood organization to invoke the ire of Time’s Up, the coalition formed in the wake of #MeToo to combat workplace discrimination, but when publicists — the gatekeepers of “talent” — are upset with you, you are truly facing an existential crisis.
That is the predicament facing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this week as the fallout continues from the Los Angeles Times‘ Feb. 21 exposé about the shadowy organization of journalists behind the annual Golden Globes. The piece specified questionable ethical and financial behavior by members, and also revealed that there are currently zero Black members of the 87-person organization.
Ahead of the 78th Golden Globe Awards on Feb. 28, Time’s Up launched a campaign calling on the HFPA to state specific plans for reforming itself, which numerous Hollywood A-listers amplified with social media posts. The HFPA acknowledged that it needs to change in a written statement and during a brief segment on the Globes telecast, and then on March 9 announced that it had retained a diversity consultant and a law firm to conduct an internal review.