Celebrities all took a collective stance to oppose the Golden Globes.
There's a controversial explanation why certain familiar faces are not seen on the Golden Globes red carpet.
Celebrities have boycotted the Golden Globes, refusing to endorse the festival because of the Hollywood International Press Association's inability to incorporate diversity among the organization's founders.
All stars from Olivia Wilde to Ellen Pompeo to Alyssa Milano to America Ferrera to Lupita Nyong'o and on to Shonda Rhimes and Kerry Washington have all been using social media to express their opposition to the HFPA.
In her opening monologue at the Golden Globes, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey called on the HFPA to address the diversity crisis in its ranks.
Utterly preposterous. I wholeheartedly respect and celebrate all of the GG nominees and their craft, but when it comes to this organisation, it's time for the HFPA to take tangible action and revolutionize themselves,” said Wilde on Instagram, posting the #timesupglobes picture of a shattered trophy.
The press release's headline reads, "Hollywood International Press Association." At no point during the performance were any black people remembered on stage during the #TimesUpGlobes ceremony.
An comprehensive Los Angeles Times investigation uncovered that HFPA participants are all white, with the result that many protested that Black-led initiatives are not being recognised.
The HFPA told the media outlet that they may not have any African-American participants, but that this is a “priority” for them. The party did not expand on any course of action, however.
Though nominations were made public in early February, popular films such as Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods and Shaka King's Judas And The Black Messiah were overlooked, with Daniel Kaluuya picking up a nod for his supporting role in the film.
Fittingly, all of the cast of HBO's Lovecraft Nation appears on the small screen: The cast was not rewarded for their acting skills even though the show was nominated for a best TV drama award.
Ellen Pompeo, who stars in the TV show Grey's Anatomy, wrote an open letter to the HFPA asking white actors to “wake up, show up, and get this thing resolved”.
She said, “This is Hollywood, we are highly competent problem solvers.”
We will fix this, and I hope we can. The only thing we can do to help address this issue is to put the responsibility of solving it squarely on the Black community and other ethnic groups. This is not something they should be thinking with, but it's something we should all be worrying about. It is a time to speak out now. This is an actual activity object, let's get it done.
Following the criticism, the HFPA delivered a statement to the press in which they promised, "We understand that we need to include Black candidates and members from other under-represented groups, and we will set in motion an implementation plan to accomplish these targets as quickly as possible."
Actress, journalist, and director Amber Tamblyn reflected on the HFPA's shortage of African-American participants, finding the situation "unacceptable."
“We call for one of our country's largest and brightest award shows to ensure the future of the Golden Globes' leadership reflects the vibrant material, history, and innovative work of women, regardless of race, and the leadership of people of color in general, including all candidates and participants in the selection process,” she said.
A cosmetic patch is not enough. The entire world is waiting.