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Entertainment Tom Cruise Returns His 3 Golden Globe Awards in Protest Against the HFPA

00:55  11 may  2021
00:55  11 may  2021 Source:   etonline.com

Golden Globes: HFPA Apologizes for Ex-President’s Email Calling BLM “Racist Hate Movement”

  Golden Globes: HFPA Apologizes for Ex-President’s Email Calling BLM “Racist Hate Movement” As its self-imposed May 5 deadline to announce specific structural changes rapidly approaches, with Time’s Up and more than 100 PR firms waiting to see if they are satisfactory, the HFPA board is reportedly considering taking action to punish Philip Berk.The HFPA has been in hot water ever since a Feb. 21 Los Angeles Timesarticle identified that it currently counts zero Black people among its 87 voting members. Under fire from Time’s Up, the organization vowed — on its Feb. 28 telecast and in subsequent communications — to do better.

Tom Cruise wearing a suit and tie © Karwai Tang/WireImage

Tom Cruise is one of many celebrities to take action against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

ET can confirm that the 58-year-old actor has returned his three Golden Globe trophies as a sign of protest while the organization works to figure out new diversity and inclusion initiatives. Cruise won his first Golden Globe in 1990 for Born on the Fourth of July, then again in 1997 for Jerry Maguire and in 2000 for Magnolia.

The HFPA has been facing backlash since an investigation by the Los Angeles Times in February revealed that the organization's 87-member group of international journalists currently has no Black members. Ahead of the 2021 Golden Globes, the HFPA vowed in a statement "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."

Ex-Hollywood Foreign Press president called BLM a 'racist hate movement'

  Ex-Hollywood Foreign Press president called BLM a 'racist hate movement' The former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association sent an email calling Black Lives Matter a racist movement, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.The former president of the association that hands out the Golden Globes awards, Phil Berk, also described Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, as a "self-proclaimed 'trained Marxist" in the email, which the Times reported was sent to the press association's members, staff and its general counsel and chief operating officer, Gregory Goeckner.

Months later, actors and filmmakers are speaking out against the organization and asking for change. In addition to Cruise, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and a slew of other stars are expressing their disdain for the HFPA.

Former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president ousted after sharing email calling Black Lives Matter a 'racist hate movement'

  Former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president ousted after sharing email calling Black Lives Matter a 'racist hate movement' The organization that oversees the annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony removed a 44-year member and former president after he shared an article that called the Black Lives Matter organization racist. © Provided by Washington Examiner The Hollywood Foreign Press Association removed Philip Berk this week for sharing an article via email that called Black Lives Matter a “racist hate movement” and said it is "carrying on [Charles] Manson's work.

"As an actor promoting a film, one is expected to participate in awards season by attending press conferences as well as awards shows. In the past, this has often meant facing sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment," Johansson said. "It is the exact reason why I, for many years, refused to participate in their conferences. "...Unless there is necessary fundamental reform within the organization, I believe it is time that we take a step back from the HFPA and focus on the importance and strength of unity within our unions and the industry as a whole."

Ruffalo also spoke out after winning a Golden Globe this year for his role in I Know This Much Is True. "Now is the time to step up and right the wrongs of the past," he said. "Honestly, as a recent winner of a Golden Globe, I cannot feel proud or happy about being a recipient of this award."

Time’s Up, the DGA, SAG-AFTRA and GLAAD are organizations that are speaking out against the HFPA as well as Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, Ava DuVernay, Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington, JJ Abrams, Jurnee Smollett, Jennifer Aniston, Damon Lindelof, and Shonda Rhimes.

It was also announced on Monday that the 2022 Golden Globes has been canceled by NBC.

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