Tom Cruise has joined the list of celebrities protesting against the HFPA and the Golden Globes.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is the chief body behind the coveted Golden Globe Awards. In recent times, the HFPA has come under criticism for its systemic racism and lack of diversity and inclusion.
Faced with criticism, the HFPA announced some initiatives that included increasing its membership “with a specific focus on recruiting Black members”. However, people were far from pleased with its proposals.
Two days ago, Scarlett Johansson spoke out against the HFPA, recounting her own experiences with its members. Mark Ruffalo too criticized the organization for resisting “the change that is being asked of them”.
Now, Tom Cruise has returned the three Golden Globe trophies he had won over the years. The star had won the Golden Globe for Best Actor twice for Jerry Maguire and Born on the Fourth of July. His third trophy was for Best Supporting Actor for Magnolia.
Meanwhile, NBC announced it won’t air the Golden Globes 2022
While the Mission Impossible actor’s move was shocking enough, NBC further shook the HFPA with a massive announcement.
The network made it clear that it won’t be a party to the Golden Globes 2022. “We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform,” an NBC spokesperson said in a statement.
“However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes”. They added that they hope to air the show in 2023, provided the organization comes through with its reforms.
NBC has been airing the Golden Globes since 1996 and pays around $60 million to the HFPA annually for the same.
Having the rug pulled off from under its feet, the HFPA released a timeline of its proposed changes. “Regardless of the next air date of the Golden Globes, implementing transformational changes as quickly – and as thoughtfully – as possible remains the top priority for our organization. We invite our partners in the industry to the table to work with us on the systemic reform that is long overdue, both in our organization as well as within the industry at large.”
Given the mounting tensions, it won’t be surprising if other actors follow Tom Cruise’s footsteps and give up their Golden Globe trophies.