Tom Cruise handed back his three Golden Globes as calls to reform the HFPA grow

61ST ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS DINNER

The Golden Globes are run by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The HFPA is one of the trashiest organizations in Hollywood, and that’s saying a lot. The HFPA openly allows their members to be bribed. The HFPA members are racist and sexist and their members don’t like nominating diversity behind or in front of the camera. They nominate weird (white) famous people for awards just for sh-ts and giggles. All of this has been true for years and years. I thought the current anti-HFPA movement was just another blip, another “let’s cancel this thing, however briefly.” But no, it looks like the anti-HFPA movement has legs. More celebrities, directors, writers and producers are speaking out about how ridiculous the Globes are and how vile the HFPA members are.

Scarlett Johansson spoke about the issue over the weekend, saying that for a while now, she’s refused to participate in HFPA press conferences because those pressers meant “facing sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment.” She – and many others – spoke about how the HFPA legitimized abusers like Harvey Weinstein. Ted Sarandos – CEO of Netflix – said that the HFPA’s proposed reforms are an okay first step, but broader changes need to be made. In the meantime, NBC has announced that they are no longer interested in broadcasting the Golden Globes:

The Golden Globes will not be airing on NBC next year, temporarily ending a decades-long relationship between the network and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the nonprofit responsible for the awards.

The network announced that it would not carry the show in 2022 after controversy surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s lack of diversity and ethical questions related to financial benefits given to some members, such as a hotel stay in connection with an “Emily in Paris” junket.

Those revelations, first reported by the Los Angeles Times, have prompted several major outlets, including Netflix (NFLX) and WarnerMedia, CNN’s parent company, to announce that they would not participate in any Globes-related events until the issues had been adequately addressed.

“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,” NBC said in a statement on Monday.

[From CNN]

Part of me thinks that this is kind of convenient – this year’s Golden Globes were terrible, they had historically low viewership, and the HFPA made some huge mistakes with the nominations. Like, if the HFPA had pulled off a better Globes ceremony, maybe the movement to cancel the Globes wouldn’t be so big right now. But still, the moment is here. And even Tom Cruise is getting involved:

Add Tom Cruise to the chorus of outrage against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Deadline hears that the actor today has delivered back to the HFPA the three Golden Globe trophies he has won over the years.

The trophies just sent to HFPA headquarters are the Best Actor prize he won for Jerry Maguire, the Best Actor prize he won for Born on the Fourth of July and the Best Supporting Actor prize he won for Magnolia. This is a new tack, but I wouldn’t be surprised if others follow his lead and that the reception area of the HFPA could be crammed with golden trophies.

Sources said this just happened, as the Golden Globes house of cards continues to crumble and NBC canceled next year’s broadcast. Cruise becomes the latest star to speak out, including Netflix, Amazon and NBC among others over the slow crawl the organization is making to reform its lack of diversity.

[From Deadline]

Honestly, good for Tom Cruise? I feel weird saying that, but hey, look at it this way: if someone as famously apolitical as Tom Cruise feels *this* strongly about it, then bigger names are going to jump on that bandwagon too.

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  1. milliemollie says:

    Welp, there goes Scarjo’s chance for winning a Golden Globe for her inevitable portray of Soon-Yi Previn…

  2. whatWHAT? says:

    call me when he feels this strongly about stopping the family-ruining, money-grubbing, enslaving cult he belongs to.

    until then, he gets no cookies for anything he does.

    • Renee says:

      Exactly whatWHAT?….He’s a fraud who is trying this as a PR scheme to help his image. He is fine to support an abusive cult so his thoughts on the HFPA don’t fool me one bit.

    • Eva says:

      IKR He is so hypocritical and desperate to make a good impression, but he is still associated with a horrible cult. He needs to shut up.

    • He has a movie coming out, and his ego is directly tied to those movies box office so he would do far more (And has!) to get attention for them. I hate to be so cynical, but he belongs to a cult that kills peoples pets and threatens their children. (See the Danny Masterson case and many others) He is a truly loathsome human who uses free Sea Org slaves to supply his house with security, housekeepers, assistants, etc etc etc.. He has been accused of being MORE violent and crazed then Miscavige. He gets nothing from me. Everything he does is to benefit Tom Cruise and scientology .

    • LWT00 says:

      This.

      This isn’t Tom Cruise being woke (though remind me, is one of his kids with Nicole Kidman Black?), this is Tom Cruise trying to get ahead of his own inevitable reckoning.

  3. Eleonor says:

    Tom Cruise is the last celebrity I would have imagined doing this.
    It speaks volume.

    • Mac says:

      Cruise is the is the last person I would have expected to make a principled stand. After jumping all over Oprah’s sofa and making insane statements about mental health treatment he’s been locked down on personal views.

    • Megan2 says:

      The only thing that speaks volumes is his continued support and promotion of a dangerous cult that has destroyed countless lives. The sound of him benefiting from slave labour drowns out this performative gesture for me.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      I feel Tom Cruise is only doing this because he does not want his new movie to be boycotted or protested in any way. This is an easy and convenient way to look like an ally without actually using his power and money to force long-overdue changes.

    • Tanguerita says:

      There is nothing principled about his stand, it’s another PR stunt, same as with his Corona-rant few months ago. Some juicy Scientology-linked gossip is coming out at the moment thanks to Seth Rogen about Cruise’s crazy conspiracy theories and his friendship with louis farrakhan.

  4. Becks1 says:

    Good for him. It’s important to see big stars like him taking a stand here.

  5. MissMarirose says:

    This is long overdue.
    I never really understood why the GG were considered nearly on the same level as the Oscars in terms of attention paid to the nominees/winners. I mean, this was an organization that gave an award to Pia Zadora. Come on!

    I hope NBC airs the Independent Spirit Awards instead. That one always looks like more fun and acknowledges better films/performances.

    • Greywacke says:

      The Golden Globes had some street cred largely because it was great at predicting what would happen at the Oscars for wins in the drama categories.

  6. detritus says:

    The generous side of me thinks this is such a lovely move.

    The cynical side wonders if Cruise trying to reform his public image.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I am with you, @ detritus! Nothing that Cruise does is an honest and respectful act. Cruise is an absolute monster, and one that I have always banished in my world of not spending one cent on any of his movies. I stopped watching his movies over 20+ years ago. He is a POS.

    • Ines says:

      It’s an empty gesture. He already won those awards whether he returns them or not.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        yup. it’s not like he’s stated that he’ll take his name out of the running if he ever gets nominated by them again.

        he won the awards, and all he’s giving up is some plastic and metal that he probably kept in a box in storage anyway.

    • Becks1 says:

      The cynical side of me says that Cruise is returning them because he can. Whatever we may think of him as one of (if not the) most prominent members of a cult, he’s still a huge box office star and his movies make tons of money. He can give these back and its not going to change anything for him going forward. it’s not like he’s ever described as “Golden Globe Winner Tom Cruise.” He’s just Tom Cruise.

      • observing says:

        I do think of him as bigger than the Golden Globes.

        The awards show is disbanded now, but he is the type of star the public is more likely to look forward to seeing on this type of show.

        In that sense, his gesture could hurt the show if it were to ever come back. He’s the type of star they want attending.

  7. nana says:

    jesus when you Iose the tom cruise vote….

  8. ceb says:

    tom cruise is the face of a horrific abusive cult, this is clearly a pr move to make himself look good and it’s a bummer to see so many people take it at face value and act like he’s a good person for it. and i think overall it’s easy for hollywood to point fingers at hfpa/the golden globes as if the issues don’t go any deeper than one bad award show, this doesn’t say much at all to me.

    • Renee says:

      Agreed ceb! Cruise is not doing this based on his principles because he has none. He supports an abusive cult which is responsible for committing so many atrocities. A man who cut off a relationship with his young daughter years ago gets zero credit from me for mailing back a few meaningless trophies.

  9. Willow says:

    As long as he’s in that cult, I trust nothing he does. He lost my respect long ago.

  10. Renee says:

    I refuse to give Tom Cruise any credit for anything. The man uses people who are enslaved to do his labor at this home and elsewhere. When he speaks out about the atrocities of Scientology, then I will give him some credit. Until then, this is just a PR ploy to make people forget his Scientology connection and COVID rantings on the set of his latest Mission Impossible set.
    He’s a fraud.

    I would however give credit to other actors or industry people for calling out the HFPA. The HFPA and Golden Globes are a joke! However, the awards were only held a couple of months ago and no one seemed to have a real problem with the HFPA. I mean celebs may have said they wanted diversity but they sure showed up to get their awards and nominations anyway. How convenient…..

  11. February-Pisces says:

    I cancelled the golden globes in my own head when it was the year they were making a big deal about #metoo, when the proceeded to roll Kirk Douglas on stage to a standing ovation. They let Oprah do an amazing speech, then decided to honour a rapist. I wonder if it was a message, like they can pretend to care about issues all they want, but will still continue to be as ratchet as they want.

  12. Nuzzybear says:

    I’m sure he’ll be getting right on the diversity issues and systemic racism in Scientology, too.

    Performative wokeness stunt from an attention-craving once-was that can’t be bothered to see his own child.

  13. Nev says:

    Stunt.

  14. Lizzie says:

    All of the award shows are just a huge self congratulations. They don’t indicate ‘best’ of anything – acting, directing, producing, movie or tv show. I never watch any of them anymore but I do like to see the ladies dresses.

  15. Deanne says:

    This is pure PR from Tommy boy. Just like the COVID rant was. Unless he gives back the Freedom Medal of Honour that he got from Miscavige for being such a great Scientologist, I give him no credit. Taking a stand against the GG’s when you represent and benefit from a cult that uses the Sea .Org. as forced labour, disappears people, abuses children, destroys families through forced disconnection, bankrupts people and harasses and puts up hate websites for everyone who leaves and speaks out, is faux outrage. His public image is terrible. It’s unfortunate people fall for his pretend moral stance.

  16. Sherry Greengrass says:

    The Golden Globes were a joke for years, and then all of a sudden they got “legitimate”, as Hollywood saw them as a vehicle for even more exposure for their projects. So Hollywood was complicit.

  17. SarahCS says:

    Nope, sorry Tom, no credit to you here as all the terrible stuff you enable with your cult more than cancels out this (PR) gesture.

  18. MM2 says:

    Did Tom hand those trophies back, or did he have his slave labor package them up & take them to the post office to perform his rage at injustice?

  19. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    This was easy for him. He gets more support for making a stand than not. But making a stand against anything else, *cough*scientology*cough,* would require a cost too great. His doesn’t want his pelotas in a vice. No respect. Ever.

  20. tealily says:

    I’ve never in my life watched the Globes. I don’t really get it, or even what the basis of these complaints are. Fewer awards sound good to me.

  21. Courtney B says:

    The HFPA really has to be regretting that Emily in Paris nomination right about now.

  22. HeyJude says:

    No, not good for Tom Cruise, f- Tom Cruise. If he really wants to right wrongs he needs to hand back Shelly Miscavige and all the other human beings that his church, in which he’s the 2nd most powerful figure, is currently holding captive.

    • Renee says:

      Brava HeyJude! I said something similar upthread. Cruise is a complete narcissist.

  23. Amando says:

    Says the deadbeat dad who chose religion over having a relationship with his youngest daughter.