The group that organizes the annual Golden Globes awards was literally canceled by NBC over a campaign demanding more diversity among its voting members.
Critics claim that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has no black voting members and cite other accusations of racial and sexual discrimination against the organization.
NBC said in a statement Monday that the awards ceremony would not be aired in 2022 if the HFPA refused to take steps to address the controversy.
“We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right,” said a NBC spokesperson.
“As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes,” the statement read. “Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”
The decision from NBC came after other media companies similarly criticizing the HFPA. Netflix and Amazon Studios have both said they will not work with HFPA over the concerns.
Actors have also joined the campaign.
Tom Cruise reportedly sent his three awards from the Golden Globes back to the offices of the HFPA on Monday. He won a best actor award for “Jerry McGuire,” another best actor award for “Born on the Fourth of July,” and a third for best supporting actor for his role in “Magnolia.”
Scarlett Johansson also criticized the group and said that she has refused to participate in HFPA news conferences over the behavior of some of their members.
“As an actor promoting a film, one is expected to participate in awards season by attending press conferences as well as awards shows,” the actress explained.
“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.”
Some celebrities even jabbed at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association during the presentation of the 78th Golden Globes in March.
Although the HFPA has said the group will take steps to make its membership more reflective of global demographics, critics say it is stalling on those reforms.
“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,” said the HFPA in February.
For many of the group’s critics, the promise was not enough.
“Unless there is necessary fundamental reform within the organization,” Johansson said. “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.”