The controversy around the Golden Globes 2022, explained

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The Golden Globes 2022 will not be televised for the first time in 25 years. But why? Here's everything you need to know about the controversy surrounding the awards ceremony this year, which is due to take place on Sunday 9th January.

Why are people unhappy with the 2022 Golden Globes?

The winners of the Golden Globe awards are picked by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a non-profit organisation of journalists and photographers who report on the entertainment industry. In 2021, the HFPA was widely criticised for its lack of representation, due to the fact none of its 87 members are Black, while many have pointed out the lack of nominations for Black actors over the years.

Following backlash, it has since confirmed it plans to reform and diversify membership, with vice president Helen Hoehne sharing a statement which read: "Just like in film and television, Black representation is vital. We must have Black journalists in our organisation."

A spokesperson added, "We are fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, TV and the artists inspiring and educating them. We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible."

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Why are the Golden Globes not being aired on TV in 2022?

NBC, who usually air the award ceremony, announced they would not be broadcasting the ceremony this year, as they believed plans to diversity the organisation had not been implemented yet. Their statement read:

"We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organisation executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023."

A number of other channels also committed to not participating in any more HFPA events until the substantial changes were made.

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How will the 2022 Golden Globes be different?

The HFPA confirmed on Tuesday 4 January the Golden Globes 202 will not feature a red carpet or a winners room, nor will there be an audience at the event.

Their president told Vanity Fair, "I can say with confidence that it’s not going to be the regular award show. We realise that this is not the tone this year, so we are taking a humble approach for 2022—we’re just honouring the people we think showed most excellence in 2021."

Instead, select members will be in the room while the winners are announced. All gets will be masked and socially distanced in the ballroom in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and will have to show proof of vaccination and booster shot, along with a negative PCR test within 48 hours.

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What changes have the HFPA committed to?

In the same Vanity Fair interview, HFPA shared plans to appoint a diversity officer, as well as people of colour on the board of directors. They also hope to add 21 new HFPA members, including six Black journalists.

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