Brendan Fraser Will not Attend the Golden Globes

Brendan Fraser is talking out as soon as once more towards the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation and the Golden Globes. In a Nov. 16 interview with GQ, the actor stated that if he’s nominated on the awards ceremony for his position in “The Whale,” he won’t attend. “I’ve extra historical past with the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation than I’ve respect for the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation,” Fraser stated. “No, I cannot take part.”

“It is due to the historical past that I’ve with them. And my mom did not elevate a hypocrite. You’ll be able to name me plenty of issues, however not that,” he added.

Again in 2018, in one other GQ interview, Fraser shared for the primary time publicly allegations towards Philip Berk, a former president and former member of the HFPA, the group that votes for and runs the Golden Globes. Fraser claimed Berk groped and assaulted him in 2003 on the Beverly Hills Resort. Berk has disputed Fraser’s account.

When Fraser’s accusations got here out 4 years in the past, the HFPA stated in a press release on the time, “The HFPA stands firmly towards sexual harassment and the kind of habits described on this article.” They added, “This report contains alleged data that the HFPA was beforehand unaware of and right now we’re investigating additional particulars surrounding the incident.” Fraser spoke to the unbiased investigator, however he advised GQ within the new interview that the HFPA got here again with a joint assertion they may launch collectively. In response to Fraser, the assertion would learn, “Though it was concluded that Mr. Berk inappropriately touched Mr. Fraser, the proof helps that it was supposed to be taken as a joke and never as a sexual advance.” Fraser wouldn’t signal it, and Berk remained with the group.

“I knew they might shut ranks,” Fraser advised GQ within the new interview. “I knew they might kick the can down the highway. I knew they might get forward of the story. I knew that I actually had no future with that system because it was.” The HFPA didn’t instantly reply to’s request for touch upon Fraser’s newest feedback.

There was finally a significant shakeup on the HFPA, however not due to Fraser’s allegations. In 2021, the LA Times revealed that HFPA had no Black members. In addition they revealed many moral and monetary conflicts among the many members. The information got here not lengthy after the 2021 nominees had been launched and broadly derided for his or her lack of range and notably for excluding motion pictures and TV exhibits about Black individuals. Berk was expelled from the group in April 2021 after sending members an e mail with an article that referred to as Black Lives Matter a “racist hate motion.”

NBC introduced in Could 2021 that they might now not air the Golden Globes, and the 2022 ceremony was not broadcast. However NBC modified course for the upcoming 2023 ceremony and can air them in early January, agreeing to a one-year cope with the group. That call was in response to adjustments made by HFPA. The HFPA stated they added 103 voters, making 51.5 % of voters “racially and ethnically numerous;” Black voters now comprise 10 % of the voting physique. In addition they instituted extra guidelines about present giving and introduced charitable donations.

Fraser advised GQ that “in the mean time” he doesn’t imagine in HFPA’s introduced reforms. “Possibly time will inform,” he stated. He stated that the group by no means apologized to him. The HFPA advised GQ they apologized twice. Berk advised GQ in 2018 that he wrote a letter to Fraser concerning the incident however didn’t admit “wrongdoing.” Fraser stated if the HFPA wished to make amends, he would need or not it’s “honest,” however added that he isn’t the one one who’s felt wronged by the group and that folks have confided in him. “I’d anticipate that it could be one thing that may be significant for them too,” he stated.

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