Story at a glance
- The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is a nonprofit organization of journalists and photographers behind the Golden Globes.
- A Los Angeles Times investigation revealed a culture of "self-dealing, ethical lapses" and a lack of representation.
- The latest report reveals that the organization’s members, none of whom are Black, voted down a motion to hire a diversity consultant.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) might've been able to get ahead of incriminating reports of self-dealing and ethical lapses, but after members voted not to hire a diversity consultant last year, they’ll never know.
As the fallout continues from a Los Angeles Times investigation into the culture of the nonprofit responsible for hosting the Golden Globe Awards, a new report reveals that the group rejected a proposal by then-president Lorenzo Soria, who died in August, to hire a diversity consultant in the wake of last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests. Currently, the HFPA has no Black members, the investigation revealed, sharpening scrutiny over the lack of diversity in this year’s nominees.
“It’s not that the association has committed any crime or that we are doing things totally wrong,” said Soria, according to a recording of the discussion obtained by The Times. “We were thinking of this because of the times we’re living [in] and because there is always something that I think we can all learn that again we may not be aware of.”
The backlash was swift. This year’s show had the lowest viewership in recent years with just 6.8 million viewers, reported Deadline, and the Nielsen ratings dropped to 1.5 among adults between 18 and 49.
During the ceremony, HFPA President Ali Sar, Vice President Helen Hoehne and Board Chair Meher Tatna promised change, saying, "we recognize we have our own work to do."
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