We all knew the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was going to address the controversy surrounding its membership, namely the LA Times revelation
that the almost 90-person organisation doesn’t include a single Black journalist. We knew this because, well, they had to do something
and because during the official NBC pre-show, hosts Susan Kelechi Watson and Jane Lynch repeatedly told us it was happening as if they were instructed to hype up the in-show statement like it was a Lady Gaga/ Bradley Cooper performance of “Shallow” instead of shallow attempt at righting years of wrongs against Black creators and critics. Shortly after the show started, two white women (Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
) made a bunch of lacklustre jokes about the HFPA’s lack of Black representation
and once again teased that it would be addressed during the show. And then, after all
that hype, the live HFPA statement happened. It was cold, underwhelming, and infuriatingly vague.