Ellen Pompeo wrote an open letter to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and “White Hollywood” one day before the 2021 Golden Globes.
Shared on his Instagram post, Pompeo’s letter calls out the HFPA for its lack of diverse membership, a criticism that has echoed across Hollywood since a Los Angeles Times exposure revealed that the industry body has no journalists. blacks among its 87 members. While the HFPA responded to the backlash, saying they will “work immediately to implement a plan” to increase diversity in their party, the Grey’s Anatomy Star came up with her own solution and asked “white Hollywood” for help.
“I would like to kindly ask all of my white colleagues in this industry, an industry that we love and have given us enormous privilege…. to arrive, appear and solve this problem, ”he wrote in the letter. “Let’s show our black colleagues that we care and are willing to do the work to correct the mistakes we have created. Now is not the time to be silent. We have a live action element here, let’s do it. “
Pompeo is among many Hollywood names who question the lack of black HFPA members. Sterling K. Brown, Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett, Amy Schumer, and Dakota Johnson shared a Time’s Up post calling the HFPA.
See Pompeo’s open letter and posts from other industry figures below.
– Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 26, 2021
– Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) February 26, 2021
– shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) February 26, 2021