Scarlett Johansson joined the voice of Mark Ruffalo in calling out the Golden Globes over diversity issues. Johansson says it’s time for Hollywood to ‘step back’ from the organization behind the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). Along with Mark Ruffalo, a fellow Marvel actor, she took an offensive stance against the group this weekend, joining the rising voices GLAAD, Amazon Studios, Netflix, and Hollywood PR firms.
The HFPA, a journalist body of 87 members, received a massive backlash for months for its lack of diversity, admitting in February that it has no black members. Heavy criticism was thrown at HFPA earlier this year when the Los Angeles Times highlighted the fact that not a single one of its members was Black.
Johansson slammed the HFPA as “an organization that was legitimized by the likes of Harvey Weinstein to amass momentum for Academy recognition.” She added that for someone with a movie to promote, appearing at HFPA press conferences and shows means answering sexist questions and taking remarks by HFPA members that are bordering on sexual harassment.
“Unless there is necessary fundamental reform within the organization, I believe it is time that we take a step back from the HFPA,” Johansson wrote.
Recently, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos and Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke have pledged to stay away from the HFPA until significant reforms are made.
“Honestly, as a recent winner of a Golden Globe, I cannot feel proud or happy about being a recipient of this award,” Ruffalo said in a statement, referencing his win for last year’s I Know This Much Is True. “It’s discouraging,” Ruffalo added, “To see the HFPA, which has gained prominence and profited handsomely from their involvement with filmmakers and actors, resist the change that is being asked of them from many of the groups that have been most disenfranchised by their culture of secrecy and exclusion.”
Ruffalo said that the organization’s stated plan to expand its membership rolls over the next 18 months was a little too late. His sentiment is shared by Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and many others who condemn the HFPA’s action.