Tom Cruise is the latest star to speak out against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — which runs the Golden Globe Awards — and the lack of diversity and transparency within its membership.
Deadline reported that Cruise, 58, has returned the three Golden Globes trophies he won — for Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire, and Magnolia — to HFPA headquarters in West Hollywood, California.
The Mission: Impossible star isn't the only major star to protest against the HFPA. Over the weekend, Scarlett Johansson, in a statement to Variety, urged her fellow actors to “step back” from the Globes until more substantial reformed are put in place within the HFPA.
Johansson, a four-time Golden Globes nominee, alleged that over the years she had to put up with “sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment.”
Several organisations, including Netflix, WarnerMedia Amazon have announced boycotts of the HFPA. On Monday (May 10), US broadcaster NBC is the latest to join the repudiation by cancelling next year’s televised ceremony.
The HFPA first came under scrutiny after the Los Angeles Times reported earlier this year that there were no Black members in the organisation, which is made up of less than 90 people.
The group has also been called out for its other practices such as demanding special treatment and lavish perks, and racially insensitive, sexist and homophobic questions at press events.
Following Cruise's move, will other Golden Globe winners follow his lead and return their trophies?
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