Tina Fey, Amy Poehler Call Out Golden Globes Lack of Diversity, Inclusion
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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the 78th annual Golden Globes and were not afraid to go after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their lack of diversity.
On Sunday night, Fey and Poehler hosted the virtual show from two locales — the Rainbow Room in New York City and the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, respectively — and kicked off their joint monologue by poking fun at the absurdity of the dual hosting venues.
“The technology is so great, you are never going to be able to tell the difference, it’s going to be smooth sailing,” joked Poehler said as a rogue hand — posed to look like Fey's coming from off-camera — touched her hair.
More jokes centered around the shows and films honored during the ceremony ensued before the pair addressed the ongoing controversy circling the Globes this year. Earlier in February, a report in The Los Angeles Times revealed that the HFPA, who puts on the Globes each year and decides the nominees/winners, contains not a single Black journalist within its 87 members. Additionally, Variety later reported that the organization "hadn’t had a Black member since at least 2002, when former HFPA president and board chair Meher Tatna joined."
In response to these reports, stars like Ellen Pompeo, Sterling K. Brown, Ava Duvernay, and many more have lambasted the organization on social media for this major oversight. Addressing this, Fey called out the HFPA in part of the monologue.
“The HFPA is made up of around 90 international — no Black — journalists who attend movie junkets each year in search of a better life,” she said. “So, let’s see what these European weirdos nominated this year.”
Fey and Poehler then went on to call “all awards shows are stupid,” but insisted that — regardless — inclusivity is key.
“The point is, even with stupid things, inclusivity is important and there are no Black members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” Fey continued. “I realize, HFPA, you may not have gotten the memo because your workplace is the back booth of a French McDonald’s, but you have to change that.”
Later in the show, three HFPA members spoke to the audience and stressed that they "recognize we have our own work to do," said Helen Hoehne of Germany.
"Just like in film and television, Black representation is vital. We must have Black journalists in our organization," said Hoehne.
Tatna, one of the two members to appear alongside Hoehne, then said: "We must ensure everyone gets a seat at our table."
HFPA president Ali Sar also told viewers that they'd work on "creating an environment where diversity is the norm, not an exception," but did not elaborate on when or how the organization would go about this.