Let’s keep it real: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is still under the same microscope it has been under for the last two years as it continues to fight its way out of the negative press it received for not having any Black members.
NBC decided not to air the Golden Globe Awards ceremony in 2022 because of the fact HFPA was embroiled in so much scandal. It was a mess.
As most organizations do when they get called for blatant racism or a lack of diversity, HFPA has been bending over backwards to try and make amends, including adding six new Black members to their ranks and ensuring that more Black actors and projects were nominated for this year’s awards.
They didn’t stop there, though.
When putting together last night’s production, they tapped Stephen Hill to produce and comedian Jerrod Carmichael to host. Both are Black.
The decision was an intentional one, and it paid off in the end—though maybe not in the way HFPA thought it would.
Carmichael made the organization the butt of many jokes during his monologue, noting that he was the first Black host of the awards ceremony in its 80-year history and quipping that even though he refused to take a meeting with the president of HFPA, there would be no repercussions for him because he was, as he put it, “unfireable.”
“I’m here because I’m Black,” he told the audience.
“This show, the Golden Globe Awards, did not air last year because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association—which, I won’t say they were a racist organization, but they didn’t have a single Black member until George Floyd died, so do with that information what you will,” he said, before adding that he’d been asked to be “the Black face of an embattled white organization.”
Carmichael was hilarious all night, taking swipes at Will Smith, Tom Cruise, and Scientology in addition to his digs at HFPA.
I shared my thoughts on his hosting for Andscape.