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2021 Golden Globes

Golden Globes group acknowledges 'we must have Black journalists in our organization'

The group that gives out the Golden Globes acknowledged during Sunday's show having "work to do" amid heavy criticism over a lack of diversity in its membership.

At the 2021 Golden Globe Awards, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association came on stage early in the ceremony to address recent criticism after it was revealed that its organization, which consists of 87 people, has zero Black members.

"We celebrate the work of artists from around the globe," Helen Hoehne, vice president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, said, per IndieWire. "We recognize we have our own work to do. Black representation is vital. We must have Black journalists in our organization."

HFPA president Ali Sar also told viewers the organization needs to "create an environment where a diverse membership is the norm, not the exception."

A recent report confirming that HFPA has zero Black members prompted some calls to boycott this year's Golden Globe Awards, and it came up multiple times during the opening monologue from co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Spike Lee was also among those calling out the group before the show began, saying in a statement, "I hope the HFPA understands in order to stay relevant, they must diversify their membership."