Diversity consultants quit HFPA after NBC blows up “racist rhetoric” emails by former president

78th Golden Globe Awards

HFPA Vice President Helen Hoehne, left, HFPA President Meher Tatna and HFPA President Ali Saar will address diversity at the 78th Golden Globe Awards on February 28, 2021. (NBC)

Diversity Strategist, Sean Harper He was hired by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. last month, On Tuesday, I left the post a few weeks before the association was set to announce a reform slate aimed at what it promised to be “transformation.”

Harper, a professor of race, gender and LGBTQ issues at the USC Marshall Business School, confirmed to the Times that he has resigned from his role as a diversity consultant for the HFPA.

Harper declined to elaborate on his exit.

HFPA did not respond to requests for comment.

Harper’s decision took place on Tuesday, when he met with a group of Time’s Up, Color of Change, and last month’s spokesperson on behalf of the HFPA. Warning to HFPA Organizations will be cut off if they do not take significant steps towards reform and transparency.

During the 90-minute meeting, representatives gave a systemic presentation of decades of deep-seated sexism, racism, and corruption-related issues, according to individuals familiar with uncommented meetings. I did.

According to individuals, the meeting was a shock to Harper. In particular, it was held just two weeks before the HFPA’s voluntary May 6 deadline, which will announce a series of reforms.

Harper’s departure is from both NBC and Dick Clark Productions Expulsion of HFPA members and former 8th President Philberg.

Burke sent an email on Sunday, criticizing Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and likening BLM to a hatred group.

on mailBorn in South Africa, Burke shared an article describing BLM as a “racist hatred movement” and Colors as a “self-proclaimed” trained Marxist. ” Chief Operating Officer, Gregory Geckner.

In a statement on Tuesday, HFPA announced that Burke was “no longer a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.”

This story was originally Los Angeles Times..