Hollywood’s hypocritical protest of the Golden Globes

Now Hollywood realizes the Golden Globes are meaningless?

Such excellent timing, now that viewership has tanked and there may be seemingly no awards present — not the Oscars or the Grammys or the CMAs or the SAGs or something, actually — {that a} pandemic-battered America desires to see.

Scarlett Johansson — fixed defender of Woody Allen, most not too long ago declaring, in the UK journal The Gentlewoman, that “I don’t think actors have obligations to have a public role in society” — nonetheless was taken seriously when she urged the Globes be canceled subsequent yr.

In blasting the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — which nominates and awards the Globes, and which everybody is aware of is a company actors, publicists and studios bribe, flatter, and seduce in change for a win — Johansson proved herself as tone deaf as ever.

“The HFPA is an organization that was legitimized by the likes of Harvey Weinstein to amass momentum for Academy recognition,” Johansson stated partially, “and the industry followed suit.”

Is she for actual? Everyone is aware of that’s what Weinstein did for years — bully and cajole and launch whisper campaigns to win awards for doubtful selections. Monster although he’s, Weinstein understood that every part in Hollywood, even its highest honor, is transactional. It took him being tried and sentenced to jail for her to object?

Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court, on February 24, 2020  in New York City
Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court on February 24, 2020 in New York City.
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We’re six years out from #OscarsSoWhite, and apparently the woke brigade thinks they’ve received that combat — regardless that the telecast simply embarrassed itself assuming the late Chadwick Boseman would win Best Actor over Anthony Hopkins.

Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson was taken critically when she urged the Golden Globes be canceled subsequent yr.
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So let’s transfer on to the way more clear and entertaining little sibling, and fake it simply occurred to Hollywood that the HFPA is insular, unusual and largely white. Guess the phrase “foreign” in the title fooled them.

Here’s Tom Cruise, the least political of any actor this facet of Tom Hanks, returning his three Globes in protest. I like this. You assume if Cruise had an Oscar — these of us sufficiently old bear in mind his laborious, humorless marketing campaign for “Born on the Fourth of July” — that he’d ever, ever return it? No method. “Oscar winner” is the first line in the obit, at all times.“

“Honestly, as a recent winner of a Golden Globe, I cannot feel proud or happy about being a recipient of this award,” stated Mark Ruffalo.

Really? I went again and re-watched his acceptance speech, lower than three months previous, and it was as I remembered it: An overjoyed Ruffalo surrounded by his spouse and two jubilant kids.

Actor Mark Ruffalo
Actor Mark Ruffalo stated he couldn’t “feel proud or happy” about successful a Golden Globe.
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“The good news is that inclusion and justice … is breaking out everywhere,” he stated upon successful. “The godly light of decency is breaking through the hideous dark storm we’ve been living through.”

So, Mark Ruffalo: What’s gone so sideways since this inclusion of the Globes as half of stated godly mild? Since you accepted your Globe with giddiness and glee?

Actor Chadwick Boseman
It was assumed the late Chadwick Boseman would win Best Actor over Anthony Hopkins.
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Adding to this hypocritical woke refrain are Netflix and Amazon, two behemoths that don’t disclose something about their viewer scores or algorithms, not to mention staffing selections. NBC says it won’t air the Globes in 2022, handy because it solely introduced in a record-low 6.91 million viewers this yr.

The HFPA stated it had an 18-month timeline to regulate its framework to incorporate 50 p.c extra black members. Does that appear extreme? UCLA’s 2020 Hollywood Diversity Report stated Hollywood usually is failing to hit supposed benchmarks.

Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins received Best Actor at the Oscars, when the telecast assumed the award would go to the late Chadwick Boseman.
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But certain, let’s cancel the solely awards present that was enjoyable, that even nominees and winners took so frivolously they get drunk earlier than taking the stage, that surpassed the Oscars year-over-year in sheer watchability.

Want to see actual Hollywood outrage? When the Globes air once more, which they are going to as a result of stars can’t resist getting trophies, announce that Ricky Gervais is host for all times.

General views of the Netflix corporate office
Netflix introduced it’s going to now not work with the HFPA amid the Golden Globes controversy.
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