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Celebrities Call Out HFPA For Lack of Black Members

Hollywood Is Calling Out the HFPA's Lack of Black Members: "A Cosmetic Fix Isn't Enough"

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On Feb. 21, ahead of the 2021 Golden Globes, the Los Angeles Times released a two-part exposé revealing that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association "had no Black members and stands accused of ethical lapses." In response, the HFPA released a statement on Feb. 26 saying, "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." Time's Up followed their comment by tweeting Friday, "A cosmetic fix isn't enough. #TIMESUPGlobes #TIMESUP," along with a photo that called out that there is "not a single Black member out of 87." They also took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday to point out the organization's lack of diversity.

Celebrities were quick to follow the lead of Time's Up, posting their thoughts and feelings of solidarity on Instagram and Twitter. "To be clear, pressure applied to the Globes and its partners from now on isn't about validation or shiny things from this particular group," tweeted director Ava DuVernay. "Flagrant and unacceptable. It's a wrap on all of this," added Natasha Lyonne. The HFPA also addressed the controversy during the ceremony, with Twitter immediately dragging them for a perceived lack of sincerity. "Tonight, while we celebrate the work of artists from around the globe, we recognize that we have our own work to do. Just like in film and television, Black representation is vital. We must have Black journalists in our organization," said HFPA member Helen Hoehne. "That means creating an environment where diverse membership is the norm, not the exception. Thank you and we look forward to a more inclusive future," added HFPA president Ali Sar.

Ahead you can see how Sterling K. Brown, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, and more reacted to the #TimesUpGlobes movement.

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