Are the Golden Globes about to be a thing of the past? Maybe.
Yesterday, NBC canceled the Globes . . . literally . . . after a growing list of controversies, including severe lack of diversity, preferential treatment, misuse of funds, and allegations of sexism and abuse.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Globes, was originally under fire when it was revealed that they had ZERO Black members. And things have snowballed since then.
NBC’s decision means there will NOT be a Golden Globes broadcast in 2022, but they’re leaving the door open for a possible return in 2023.
The network said, quote, “We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right . . .
“[If] the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful . . . to air the show in January 2023.”
In response, the HFPA released a timeline for its “transformational change.” It includes increasing membership by 50% by the end of 2022 . . . giving the new members immediate voting rights . . . and addressing its internal issues
But it might be too late.
Yesterday, TOM CRUISE said that he dropped his three Golden Globes in the mail and sent them back. And he may not be the last. Others, like SCARLETT JOHANSSON and MARK RUFFALO, are speaking out against the HFPA, demanding change.
Over the weekend, Netflix, Amazon, WarnerMedia, and HBO cut ties with the Globes . . . and given the rise of streaming, that’s almost as big of a blow as NBC dropping the actual broadcast
Of course, some of this damage can be undone . . . especially if the HFPA enacts the “transformational change” they’re promising.
But if the Globes aren’t televised until 2023, will anyone care anymore? Only 6.9 million viewers tuned in for this year’s show. And NBC can get better ratings with random dramas like “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire”.