Entertainment GLAAD Says HFPA Reforms 'Do Not Go Far Enough'
Leaked Email From Former HFPA President Calls Black Lives Matter a 'Hate Movement'
As the Hollywood Foreign Press Association continues to face scrutiny for its lack of Black members, former president Phil Berk has come under fire over a leaked email sent to members with a post describing Black Lives Matter as a "hate movement." Berk's email, which was obtained by TheWrap and first reported on by the Los Angeles Times. appears to be a copy of an article on conservative website FrontPage Mag titled "BLM Goes Hollywood," whichBerk's email, which was obtained by TheWrap and first reported on by the Los Angeles Times. appears to be a copy of an article on conservative website FrontPage Mag titled "BLM Goes Hollywood," which criticized BLM founder Patrisse Cullors for buying a $1.
GLAAD has weighed in on the reforms promised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) to remake the embattled organization, saying the plans "do not go far enough" and GLAAD is demanding "more rapid change, real inclusion and true acceptance."
"The HFPA reforms do not go far enough to ensure the organization as a place where historically marginalized communities–including the LGBTQ community–feel welcomed; especially not in time for meaningful change to take place before the 2022 awards season," GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. "There is a lack of transparency and accountability which still has yet to be addressed. It's not enough for the HFPA to just say that they are working towards having a certain number of Black members. It's time for the HFPA and the Golden Globes to truly reflect the full intersectional diversity of Hollywood. GLAAD stands alongside the Time's Up Foundation, Color of Change, and all those who are calling for further and more rapid change, real inclusion, and true acceptance."
NBC Backs Derided HFPA Promise Of Wide-Ranging Overhaul To Address Lack Of Black Members, Payouts & Governance
Aiming to beat a self-imposed reform deadline set in March and a Tinseltown firestorm, the board of the besieged Hollywood Foreign Press Association today released a new plan to overhaul the 86-member non-profit Golden Globes organizing group, maybe. First caveat: No one has been hired yet and nothing really happens until a majority of the full membership ratifies it this summer.
the HFPA's proposed reforms, calling the ideas sorely lacking and hardly transformational."
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"Sadly, the list of 'reforms' adopted yesterday, and endorsed by NBCUniversal and Dick Clark Productions, are sorely lacking and hardly transformational," Time's Up CEO Tina Tchen said in a statement. "Instead, these measures ensure that the current membership of the HFPA will remain in the majority and that the next Golden Globes will be decided with the same fundamental problems that have existed for years."
Similarly, ahave pledged to continue boycotting the HFPA despite the reforms.
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On Thursday,a set of sweeping reforms. In the voice vote held over Zoom, 74 of the 87 members voted to approve a proposal that would increase its membership by 50% in the next 18 months, appoint professional executive leadership and hold new board elections this fall. Three members voted no, four voted to abstain and eight were absent, according to a knowledgeable individual.
the group pledged to increase membership by 50%, hold new board elections and hire professional executive leadership. The board asked for members to approve the new reforms; otherwise it would "take more serious measures, including but not limited to the Board resigning, if the membership does not timely approve and implement the below reforms."
The HFPA has been under fire in recent months over its lack of any Black members — as well as its track record of snubbing movies and TV shows with Black creators — and deep corruption that drew backlash from the Hollywood community, prompting Time's Up to demand an overhaul of the organization. In response to the backlash, the group hired a diversity consultant, USC professor Shaun Harper, to address "systemic" issues. But following a meeting with Time's Up, Harper quit after he wasof the HFPA's problems. In addition, former HFPA president after sending an email to members with a post describing Black Lives Matter as a "hate movement." The HFPA said it would announce a set of reforms by May 6. See the full list of reforms .
HFPA Members Approve New Ethics Code .
Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group that hands out the Golden Globes every year, on Thursday night approved a new Code of Professional and Ethical Conduct "setting forth the values, expectations, and standards" of the organization. The group, which has been under fire in recent months due to a lack of Black members and corruption, re-committed to diversifying the group, being transparent and accountable, and upholding"The group, which has been under fire in recent months due to a lack of Black members and corruption, re-committed to diversifying the group, being transparent and accountable, and upholding" the highest standards of professionalism" by promoting a welcoming culture, maintainin