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Spike Lee urges the Golden Globes to diversify after having no Black voters

Acclaimed director Spike Lee is leading the calls for major change after it emerged that the Golden Globes did not include any Black voters Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Major calls for diversity are ringing around the film industry after it was revealed that of the 87 journalists included in the organisation of international experts, a group that decides the nominations and winners for the Golden Globes, not a single one of them is Black. In fact, a report issued by Variety revealed that the HFPA board chair, Meher Tatna, explained that the organisation has not had any Black members in 20 years.

Reacting to the shocking news, Spike Lee commented: “The Hollywood Foreign Press clearly has much werk to do,” he wrote in a statement. “However, it’s been a joy to watch our children Satchel and Jackson serve as the ambassadors to the Golden Globes. I hope the HFPA understands in order to stay relevant, they must diversify their membership. Put some sistas and brothers up on that wall. Y’all buggin’ out!”

Given the outcry, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the hosts of the Golden Globes 2021 event, even addressed the situation in their opening monologue: “We all know award shows are stupid,” Fey joked. “They’re all a scam invented by Big Red Carpet,” Poehler continued.

“The point is, even with stupid things, inclusivity is important,” said Fey. “And there are no Black members of the Hollywood Foreign Press. I realise HFPA, maybe you guys didn’t get the memo because your workplace is the back booth of a French McDonald’s. But, you’ve got to change that, so here’s to changing it.”

Echoing Lee’s comments, actor and filmmaker Amber Tamblyn took to social media: “The complete exclusion of Black women and Black people in general from the entire membership of the HFPA which votes for The Golden Globes is unacceptable,” she wrote on Instagram. “We call on one of our country’s biggest and brightest award show ceremonies to ensure the future of the Golden Globes’ leadership represents the content, culture, and creative work of women of ALL kinds, not just white women, and of Black voices in general, both as nominees and as members instrumental in the nominating process. A cosmetic fix just isn’t enough. The world is watching.”