The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) is in the middle of a controversy that won’t go away until they make some major changes. Ellen Pompeo recently shared an open letter on her Instagram page, criticizing the organization that holds the Golden Globe Awards. The Los Angeles Times recently released an article that revealed the association has zero Black members. Yep, you read that correctly. Out of 87 members, there isn’t a single Black person helping choose which TV shows and movies receive nominations.
“I think we can all agree that the governing body of the Golden Globe Awards the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has a membership equity issue that is unacceptable,” Ellen began her the post. “This is a very solvable problem. This is Hollywood, we are master problem solvers. There is a solution here and I have faith we can find it. What we can not do…is leave this problem up to the black community and all our communities of color to fix. This is not their problem, it’s ours.”
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She continued, “I would kindly ask, all my white colleagues in this industry, an industry that we love and has granted us enormous privilege…to pull up, show up and get this issue resolved. Let’s show our black colleagues that we care and are willing to do the work to right the wrongs we have created. Now is not a time to be silent. We have a real action item here let’s get it done.”
Ava DuVernay shared the post on her Instagram Story with the caption, “Respect.” She also tweeted about the lack of representation after the lack of Black members became widely known amid the backlash over snubbing some pieces of work made by BIPOC creators.
“Reveals? As in, people are acting like this isn’t already widely know? for YEARS?” she tweeted.
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