Ellen Pompeo Calls Pens Open Letter To HFPA, “White Hollywood” – .
Ellen Pompeo wrote an open letter to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and White Hollywood the day before the 2021 Golden Globes.
Pompeo’s letter, passed on to her Instagram post, calls on the HFPA for its lack of various members. A criticism repeated across Hollywood since a Los Angeles Times exposé found that the industry organization has no black journalists among its 87 members. While the HFPA responded to the backlash, noting that they “will work immediately to implement a plan” to increase diversity in their party, the Grey’s Anatomy star proposed her own solution, urging “white Hollywood” to to help.
“I would kindly ask all of my white colleagues in this industry, an industry that we love and that has given us tremendous privileges…. to call, show up and solve this problem, ”she wrote in the letter. “Let’s show our black colleagues that this is important to us and that we are ready to do the work to correct the mistakes we have made. Now is no time to be silent. We have a real action item here that we can get done. “
Pompeo is one of the numerous Hollywood names calling into question the HFPA’s lack of black members. Sterling K. Brown, Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett, Amy Schumer, and Dakota Johnson all shared a Time’s Up post proclaiming the HFPA.
See Pompeo’s open letter below.