Actors, streaming services call for Golden Globes boycott over racism, sexism claims

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Sun, 9 May 2021, 11:55AM
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Actors, streaming services call for Golden Globes boycott over racism, sexism claims

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 9 May 2021, 11:55AM

The people behind one of Hollywood's top awards shows is facing increased pressure to change its ways or miss out on being invited to the party.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association came under fire shortly before this year's ceremony for having no black members in its insular, 85-member group.

In the wake of the backlash that followed, the HFPA this week pledged to increase membership amongst minorities - though the move was not supported by all of its current members. 

However, the reforms have been rejected by key players, with Netflix and Amazon both urging the organisation to go further - and say they won't be participating in HFPA events until they do.

Avengers stars Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson have also spoken out, with Johannsson saying that she was often subjected to sexual harassment at HFPA events.

Flicks editor Steve Newall joined Francesca Rudkin to discuss the developing story.

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