- The Hollywood Foreign Press Association adopted reforms last week to address recent criticism it faced for its lack of diversity, but industry leaders are claiming that the organization has still not done enough.
- Netflix, Amazon, and Warner Bros. have all promised to sever ties with the HFPA, which runs the prestigious Golden Globes, until more meaningful changes are made.
- Actors like Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson have echoed those boycott calls and urged other industry leaders to do the same.
- On Monday, NBC announced that it will not air the 2022 Golden Globes but is open to broadcasting the show in 2023 if the group implements a productive plan.
NBC Will Not Air Golden Globes in 2022
NBC announced Monday that it will not air the Golden Globes in 2022 after several actors and studios announced that they would boycott the Hollywood Foreign Press Organization over concerns that it has not done enough to address its lack of diversity.
NBC has aired the show, which is put on annually by the HFPA, since 1996.
“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,” the network said in a statement. “As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”
In February, a Los Angeles Times report found that none of the nearly 90 members in the group are Black. It also alleged a culture of corruption where members would accept luxurious gifts from studios that were promoting their shows, among other things. This prompted numerous calls for change.
Last week, the HFPA announced that it had approved a list of reforms, which include a hotline for reporting misconduct, increasing membership by 50% over the next 18 months with an emphasis on adding members of color, and creating a list of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultants. The group said it “will be continuously updating the members and the public as we move forward in making our organization more inclusive and diverse.”
Studios Pledge Boycott of HFPA Events
This, however, was not a strong enough response for major Hollywood players. By Friday night, both Netflix and Amazon vowed to part ways with the HFPA until more meaningful changes were made. On Monday morning, Warner Bros. did the same.
“While we commend the HFPA membership’s approval of the plan to move towards radical reform, we don’t believe the plan goes far enough in addressing the breadth of our concerns, nor does your timeline capture the immediate need by which these issues should be addressed,” a group of Warner executives said in a letter to HFPA President Ali Sar. “WarnerMedia Studios and Networks will continue to refrain from direct engagement with the HFPA, including sanctioned press conferences and invitations to cover other industry events with talent, until these changes are implemented.”
Their statement echoed the concerns of Netflix, whose CEO Ted Sarandos wrote that the HFPA has not gone far enough in correcting its “systemic diversity and inclusion challenges, or the lack of clear standards for how [HFPA] members should operate.”
Netflix’s choice to at least temporarily suspend ties with the HFPA is especially significant, as it was far and away the leader during the 2021 Golden Globes, picking up 10 trophies out of 42 nominations.
Actors Join Boycott Calls
Actors have also chimed in on the boycott calls, including Mark Ruffalo, who nabbed a Golden Globe himself just a few months ago.
“Honestly, as a recent winner of a Golden Globe, I cannot feel proud or happy about being a recipient of this award,” he wrote on Twitter Friday.
He also slammed the group for resisting “the change that is being asked of them from many of the groups that have been most disenfranchised by their culture of secrecy and inclusion.”
He used the hashtag #ChangeIsGolden to encourage a boycott from Hollywood leaders. Others, including director Ava DuVernay, who has previously been critical of the HFPA, did the same.
Actress Scarlett Johansson released a statement of her own on Saturday, which was first reported on by Deadline.
“As an actor promoting a film, one is expected to participate in awards season by attending press conferences as well as awards shows. In the past, this has often meant facing sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment,” the five-time Golden Globe nominee said. “It is the exact reason why I, for many years, refused to participate in their conferences.”
“The HFPA is an organization that was legitimized by the likes of Harvey Weinstein to amass momentum for Academy recognition, and the industry followed suit,” she continued. “Unless there is necessary fundamental reform within the organization, I believe it is time that we take a step back from the HFPA and focus on the importance and strength of unity within our unions and the industry as a whole.”
One of the first organizations to condemn the HFPA for its response was nonprofit Time’s Up, which advocates for victims of sexual assault and other workplace injustices. The group wrote an open letter Friday slamming the HFPA for giving “no specifics, no commitments to real accountability or change, and no real timeline” in its plan.
“These window-dressing platitudes are sorely lacking and hardly transformational,” the letter said. “Instead, these proposed measures ensure that the current membership of the HFPA will remain in the majority for years to come, and that the next Golden Globe Awards, which will have started by then, will be riddled with the same fundamental problems that have existed for years.”
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Petition Slams James Corden’s “Spill Your Guts” Segment as “Culturally Offensive and Insensitive”
More than 13,000 signed the petition calling for the segment’s removal from “The Late Late Show,” arguing that it mocks Asian cuisine and culture.
Petition Collects 13,000 Signatures
James Corden is facing pressure to remove the famous “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” segment from his late-night talk show after a petition accused him of mocking Asian cuisine and culture.
That petition, which was started on Tuesday by 24-year-old California resident Kim Saira, has collected over 13,000 signatures as of Friday morning.
During the popular segment of “The Late Late Show,” Corden asks celebrity guests very personal questions, giving them the option to either answer or eat the food presented in front of them. Corden often gawks at the options and calls them “disgusting,” positioning the dishes as so unpleasant, the guest would rather reveal something intimate about themselves on national television than take a bite.
However, as the petition notes, “many of the foods that he presents to his guests are actually from different Asian cultures. He’s presented foods such as balut, century-old eggs, and chicken feet, [which] are often regularly eaten by Asian people.”
Stars who have taken part in the bit include Kendall Jenner, Harry Styles, Justin Bieber, Alicia Keys, and Will Ferrell. On YouTube, many videos of the segment have tens of millions of views.
Segment Accused of Spreading Anti-Asian Rhetoric
Saira made a now-viral TikTok on Monday calling the segment out, then made the petition, where she specifically accused Corden of perpetuating racist and xenophobic stereotypes about Asian culture to his massive audience.
“In the wake of the constant Asian hate crimes that have continuously been occurring, not only is this segment incredibly culturally offensive and insensitive, but it also encourages anti-Asian racism,” she wrote. “So many Asian Americans are consistently bullied and mocked for their native foods, and this segment amplifies and encourages it.”
Saira told TODAY that she used to be a fan of Corden but was shocked when she first saw “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” for the first time around a year ago. The particular interview she caught featured Jimmy Kimmel, who was offered balut, among other things.
“Wow, it all looks so terrible,” Kimmel said before joking about the likewise foul smell.
“It’s really disgusting, it’s horrific,” Corden added.
“Balut is like, very specific to Filipino culture,” Saira told TODAY. “It’s a food that I have been eating whenever I go to the Philippines with my grandma and my cousins, so it’s a very sentimental food to me, and I noticed that he was presenting it to a guest and calling it gross.”
“I was just so confused,” she continued, “and I feel like it was a moment of me just being like, ‘Oh my gosh, like, this is my culture. I don’t understand why he’s making fun of it?'”
Signees Demand Changes or Total Removal of Segment
Her petition asks for the segment to be removed, or at least changed so that it is no longer culturally insensitive. It also asks for Corden to issue a public apology and donate to local Asian American organizations that are working with Asian-owned restaurants and small businesses.
“They very purposely chose these food items to be ‘exotic’ and ‘disgusting,’” one signee wrote. “Shaming foods of other cultures is not ok even if you don’t personally want to eat them. It also furthers stereotypes that Asian people eat more ‘unacceptable’ or ‘inferior’ foods. I endured years of bullying because of harmful rhetoric like this.”
“This is how anti-Asian racism is perpetuated,” another person added. “This segment is nothing short of racist, xenophobic, orientalist, and wrong. Asian food is not ‘disgusting’ but this segment is.”
Others said the bit was “offensive and lazy” and accused the show of “cultural mockery.
Neither Corden nor CBS have responded to the controversy.
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Corinna Kopf Accused of Scamming Fans With OnlyFans Launch
Fans were outraged after learning that photos Kopf posted to her OnlyFans reportedly mirrored pictures she had already shared on her public Instagram.
Corinna Kopf Launches OnlyFans
YouTuber and influencer Corinna Kopf responded to accusations Wednesday that her recently launched OnlyFans account was a “scam” that recycled her already public content.
On June 3, Kopf posted a tweet saying that she would join OnlyFan if her post earned 500,000 likes. That post fell fairly shy of her goal, racking up around 428,000 likes, but that didn’t stop Kopf from building a profile on the lucrative NSFW website anyways.
Kopf officially launched the account on Wednesday morning.
A subscription to her OnlyFans costs $25 a month and after just a day of it being live, fans are already throwing criticism her way. According to Meaww, by Wednesday night Kopf had posted 11 photos, some of which were already on her Instagram.
Kopf Faces Backlash For Reused Content
Many took to Twitter to complain about the overlap in content and warn others that Kopf’s page looked like a ruse.
Later in the day, Kopf promised more original content was on the way.
“People who think my OnlyFans is about to be just ‘instagram content’… you’re dead wrong.” she wrote. “If I posted everything right out the gate, it would just get leaked…just wait.”
Users Leak Kopf’s OnlyFans Content Online
Kopf’s concerns that her content would get leaked were not unfounded. Not long after she launched her page, images from her OnlyFans were already being circulated on social media. Someone even created a Twitter account called “Corinna Kopf OnlyFans” that promised to privately message the photos she shared to users who were interested.
“I’ve got all the posts,” that person wrote. “Send me a DM if you’d like them.”
Kopf responded to them, warning they could “catch a lawsuit.” She later deleted that post.
On Thursday, she addressed the leaks again, implying those allegedly responsible could face legal consequences.
“A long long long list of people who are leaking content is being made,” she wrote. “I’m about to make more money off of these people than my OF itself.”
She also claimed that some of the people allegedly sharing her content are underage, then later deleted both of those posts as well.
Kopf’s OnlyFans bio explicitly states that she owns the copyright to all the material posted and that followers do not have permission to redistribute what she shares.
“Failure to comply with this WILL result in legal action taken against the person [whose] information you used to sign up with,” it adds.
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Fashion Line Inspired by Disney’s “Cruella” Was Made Without Designer’s Knowledge
Designers are frequently snubbed out of licensing deals when it comes to merchandise, and now leaders in the Costume Designers Guild are calling for them to get their due credit.
Fashion Line Made Without Jenny Beavan’s Knowledge
A fashion line inspired by the acclaimed costumes in Disney’s new film “Cruella” was released without the knowledge of the award-winning designer who worked on the film.
Jenny Beavan has been a costume designer for several decades, earning 10 Academy Award nominations and winning two: one for “Mad Max: Fury Road” and another for “A Room With a View.” Prior to the pandemic temporarily shutting the industry down, she was tasked with designing the eye-popping frocks in “Cruella,” a movie where the costumes are especially important because the film itself centers around a war of fashion.
Beavan told Variety that there had been some discussions with Disney about co-branded products for Target and Singer sewing machines, as well as talks about a possible fashion collection, but once production ended and COVID-19 hit, that moved to the backburner. She said she never heard another word about it until a month ago when a friend sent her an Instagram post where Rag & Bone advertised its new officially licensed “Cruella”-inspired collection. The friend asked if Beavan was involved, but she said she had never even heard of it until seeing that post.
“I just was sort of horrified,” she told Variety. “The thing about ‘Cruella’ is that you’ve got a film about fashion, about two fashion designers. The whole story is them almost having a war using fashion. So, that’s so disrespectful to then bring out fashion lines.”
Costume Designers Frequently Get Snubbed Out of Licensing Deals
Like she has throughout her career, Beavan worked tirelessly on the costumes for “Cruella.” She told Vogue she traveled from London to New York to Los Angeles collecting vintage pieces, ultimately putting together a total of 47 original looks for the titular character, played by Emma Stone, alone.
Stone’s co-star, Emma Thompson, wore another 33 original outfits. On top of this, Vanity Fair reported that in some scenes, Beavan was responsible for dressing up to 150–200 background characters in some scenes with large crowds. While reviews for the film vary, the one thing critics largely agree on is that the costumes were a smashing highlight.
Despite the hard work that Beavan and so many other designers put into curating cohesive looks for their films, it is actually quite common for designers to be snubbed out of licensing agreements when the film’s outfits turn into a commercial spectacle.
According to Variety, a licensed “Birds of Prey” collection was released by Her Universe without the involvement of designer Erin Benach. Mona May, the designer behind the famous ensembles in “Clueless” and “Enchanted,” was similarly slighted when it came to merchandise involving the costumes she made for both films.
She told Variety she remembered seeing “Clueless” dolls in 1995 that wore her costumes “like verbatim — the yellow suit, the black suit.” She said she found it “shocking that I was not involved at all and I had no compensation for something that huge.”
She also said the princess dress Amy Adams’ character wore in “Enchanted” ended up being remade “to a tee” into children’s costumes.
“It’s such an old studio system in the sense that we basically sign [away] our life when we sign a contract, and there is no way around it,” she told Variety. Beavan likewise told the outlet that no matter how hard contracts are negotiated, “You basically do sign your life away,”
New York-based fashion writer Laurie Brookins added on Twitter that scandals like this are unfortunately “far from new.”
“As far back as the 1930s, studios worked with retailers — the Macy’s Cinema Shop was the best example — on designs that were sometimes exact copies of film costumes,” she said. “Joan Crawford’s ‘Letty Lynton’ dress sold like crazy; Adrian [the designer] never saw a penny.
Costume Designers Guild and Stylists Speak Out
While Variety‘s report noted that there are cases where designers get to be involved in lines inspired by the shows they worked on, like ones for “Mad Men” and “Gossip Girl”, more often than not, designers are not so lucky. and more, where designers for those shows got to be involved in related lines, it is by no means a common practice, and most designers are not so lucky.
“Historically, this is a huge issue for our membership, and for all costume designers,” the communications director for the Costume Design Guild Anna Wyckoff told Variety. “Because, as everyone knows, a costume has a long life after the project — in merchandising and toys and Halloween costumes. So there are many opportunities for the costumes to be used in an ancillary marketing fashion.”
The Guild’s president, Salvador Pérez Jr. echoed similar frustrations and called for designers to get their due credit when merchandise includes their work.
“As costume designers, our work has a life beyond the screen,” he told the outlet. “Our work is reproduced for toys, costumes, fashion collections and more. Not only are we not allowed to participate in the profits made off of the merchandising, we aren’t even credited for our work on the original designs.”
“Costume designers who help generate additional revenues from productions deserve to be compensated for the additional income earned,” he continued.
Other designers, including Mumbai-based stylist Vaidehi Krishnan, echoed his calls. Krishnan wrote that not crediting designers is “disrespectful to the art of moviemaking. Especially when characters would be naked without us.”
Some, including the Costume Designer’s Guild and designers like Kathleen Felix Hager, are starting to use the hashtags #NakedWithoutUs and #CreditCostumeDesigners in hopes of bringing attention to these issues.
Disney did not respond to Variety’s request for comment.