Entertainment Ellen Pompeo Pens Open Letter to 'Members of the HFPA and White Hollywood' Ahead of Golden Globes
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is calling out the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The 51-year-old Grey's Anatomy actress took to Twitter on Saturday, one day ahead of the , to share an open letter addressed to "the members of HFPA and white Hollywood."
Pompeo's letter is in response to ainvestigation that found that of the 87 people that make up the HFPA, the voting body for the Golden Globe Awards, none of them are Black. In a statement, they plan to "immediately work to implement an action plan" in response to the investigation.
"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," Pompeo began. "This is a very solvable problem. This is Hollywood, we are master problem solvers. There is a solution here and I have faith that we can find it."
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The voting body behind the Golden Globes came under fire after nominating the lighthearted Netflix romp for an honor while snubbing critical darlings like HBO's I May Destroy You.The voting body behind the Golden Globes came under fire after nominating the lighthearted Netflix romp for an honor while snubbing critical darlings like HBO's I May Destroy You.
"What we can not do is leave this problem up to the Black community and all our communities of color to fix," her letter read. "This is not their problem, it's ours."
Pompeo continued her letter by asking her white colleagues to "pull up, show up and get this issue resolved," as the industry they love has granted them "enormous privilege."
"Let's show our Black colleagues that we care and are willing to do the work to right the wrongs we have created," she concluded. "Now is not a time to be silent. We have a real action item here let's get it done."
— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo)
In addition to HFPA's lack of diversity in its voting body, the award show hasfor not including any Black-led contenders such as One Night in Miami, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Da 5 Bloods or Judas and the Black Messiah in the Best Picture category.
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"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,"in a statement in response to the backlash. "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."
Pompeo wasn't the only celebrityabout the HFPA's diversity problem. Time's Up tweeted that "a cosmetic fix isn't enough," a message that celebrities including , , , , and more also posted about.
Meanwhiletweeted, "Old news. New energy," and called the issue "awful."
Old news. New energy.— Ava DuVernay (@ava)
So many crazy things about theand the Hollywood Foreign press but this is awful.
Golden Globes to launch pandemic-era Hollywood awards season
Hollywood's award season kicks off Sunday at a very different Golden Globes, with a mainly virtual ceremony set to boost or dash the Oscars hopes of early frontrunners like "Nomadland" and "The Trial of the Chicago 7." Usually a star-packed, laid-back party that draws Tinseltown's biggest names to a Beverly Hills hotel ballroom, this pandemic edition will be broadcast from two scaled-down venues, with frontline and essential workers among the few in attendance.— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow)
A cosmetic fix isn’t enough.— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer)
Thewill air live on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on . Until then, stay tuned to for complete .
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