Despite the series of reforms voted in early May in favor of diversity, the American-Danish actress calls to “take a step back” with the association.
The Golden Globes are definitely struggling to restore their image. The organization has been at the heart of controversy since February, after media revealed that no person of black color was among the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which annually vote for designate the winners of the Golden Globes. The association then announced a few days ago that it had voted for a series of reforms in favor of diversity, a decision that is not enough for Scarlett Johansson, the American-Danish actress of Match Point and Black Widow.
In a press release published in The Hollywood Reporter Saturday, the actress said “that unless there is a profound reform within the organization, I believe it is time that we distance ourselves from the HFPA“. “When an actor promotes a film, they are expected to participate in the awards season by attending conferences and ceremonies. In the past, this often meant responding to sexist questions and comments from some HFPA members, which border on sexual harassment.», She lamented. “This is exactly the reason why, for several years now, I have refused to participate in their conference. The HFPA is an organization legitimized by people like Harvey Weinstein to create momentum for Academy recognition, and the industry has followed suit.», Said the activist actress of the movement #MeToo.
Scarlett Johansson is not the only one to tackle the prestigious ceremony. Mark Ruffalo, the actor of Avengers, yet winner of a Golden Globe this year, also judged that ” it’s disheartening to see how resistant the HFPA is to change. (…) The time has come to right the wrongs of the past“. Ted Sarandos, the CEO of Netflix, has even decided to boycott the organization according to Deadline, stating that “we will stop all activity with your organization until more significant changes are made“. The president of the HFPA replied in a statement that “we hear your concerns about the changes our association needs to make and we want to assure you that we are working diligently on all of these points“.