Los Angeles, May 11, 2021: Hollywood star Tom Cruise has returned his three Golden Globes awards to join the protest against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
The actor has delivered back to the HFPA the three Golden Globe trophies he won, which are the Best Actor prize for "Jerry Maguire", the Best Actor prize for "Born on the Fourth of July", and the Best Supporting Actor prize he won for "Magnolia".
Cruise becomes the latest star to speak out against HFPA, which is under fire for months following widespread allegations of racism, sexism, bullying, and corruption among its ranks. Last week, the HFPA's membership voted to approve a proposal of reforms aimed at addressing its lack of diversity and other ethics issues.
However, the backlash from Hollywood has been fierce as Tom Cruise joins the likes of Hollywood's A-listers such as Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo along with Netflix and Amazon and powerful executives, who condemn the changes as too slow, lacking in specifics, and failing to address some of the industry's most fundamental grievances.
Amid the raging controversy, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) has also decided not to air the 2022 Golden Globes, taking a firm stand against HFPA's new changes in reforms.
The network said in a statement, "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".