After facing criticism over the lack of Black members within its organization, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association took a moment during the 2021 Golden Globes on Sunday (February 28) to issue a promise to build a "more inclusive future."
"Tonight, while we celebrate the work of artists from around the globe, we recognize we have our own work to do," HFPA member Helen Hoehne said while alongside fellow HFPA members Meher Tatna and Ali Sar. "Like in film and television, Black representation is vital."
"We must ensure everyone from all underrepresented communities gets a seat at our table and we are going to make that happen," Meher added.
"That means creating an environment where diverse membership is the norm, not the exception," Ali continued. "Thank you and we look forward to a more inclusive future."
The HFPA's statement came after the Los Angeles Times reported that the association, which is made up of 87 international journalists who determine the nominees and winners of the Golden Globe Awards each year, has no Black members.
Prior to the HFPA's Golden Globes statement, co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler called out the organization during their opening monologue of Sunday's award show. "Everybody is understandably upset at the HFPA and their choices," the duo said, adding "...there are no Black members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. I realize, HFPA you many not have gotten the memo because your workplace is the back booth of a French McDonald's, but you have to change that."
Ahead of the ceremony, the HFPA released a statement addressing their lack of diversity, writing, "We are fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, TV and the artists inspiring and educating them."
The statement continued, "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."
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