Refresh for Updates…After NBC put more pressure on the beleaguered HFPA, to demand reform within the organization, by announcing that it would not be airing the 2022 Golden Globes, reactions from entertainment industry figures quickly started flooding in.
“Everything matters. Even this,” tweeted filmmaker Ava DuVernay. “The ripple effects echo through our industry, especially for Black artists and artists of color. Kudos to all the activists, artists, publicists and executives who took a stand to make this so.”
Civil rights advocacy group Color of Change noted that it had made its demands abundantly clear to the Golden Globes organizer, alongside the TimesUp coalition. “Last week, the HFPA failed to deliver,” they said. “But today, @NBCUniversal announced that they would be withdrawing their support for the #GoldenGlobes in 2022, a testament to the power of our coalition. The work to #ChangeHollywood continues: stay tuned for more.”
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Lionsgate and Starz likewise responded with praise for the network. “We applaud NBC’s decisive action to require the HFPA to make the transformational changes that are needed in their membership, structure and practices,” representatives for Lionsgate and Starz said in a statement. “Until they do, we join with our industry colleagues in withdrawing from all HFPA activities.”
Meanwhile, NBCUniversal’s own news editor Andrew V. Pestano reacted by urging Ricky Gervais to host a new show in 2022, in lieu of the Golden Globes—”a special roasting the Hollywood elite”—with former Globes host Gervais playing along, and dubbing it “The Golden Balls.”
Deadline will update this story as more reactions come in.
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