Brendan Fraser is talking out as soon as once more in opposition to the Hollywood International 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 is not going to attend. “I’ve extra historical past with the Hollywood International Press Affiliation than I’ve respect for the Hollywood International Press Affiliation,” Fraser stated. “No, I can’t take part.”
“It is due to the historical past that I’ve with them. And my mom did not elevate a hypocrite. You possibly can name me lots of issues, however not that,” he added.
Again in 2018, in one other GQ interview, Fraser shared for the primary time publicly allegations in opposition to 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 an announcement on the time, “The HFPA stands firmly in opposition to sexual harassment and the kind of conduct described on this article.” They added, “This report contains alleged info that the HFPA was beforehand unaware of and at the moment we’re investigating additional particulars surrounding the incident.” Fraser spoke to the unbiased investigator, however he informed 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 meant 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’d shut ranks,” Fraser informed GQ within the new interview. “I knew they’d kick the can down the street. I knew they’d get forward of the story. I knew that I definitely had no future with that system because it was.” The HFPA didn’t instantly reply to POPSUGAR’s request for touch upon Fraser’s newest feedback.
There was ultimately a serious shakeup on the HFPA, however not due to Fraser’s allegations. In 2021, the LA Occasions 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 extensively derided for his or her lack of range and significantly for excluding motion pictures and TV reveals about Black folks. Berk was expelled from the group in April 2021 after sending members an electronic mail with an article that referred to as Black Lives Matter a “racist hate motion.”
NBC introduced in Could 2021 that they’d 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 modifications made by HFPA. The HFPA stated they added 103 voters, making 51.5 % of voters “racially and ethnically various;” Black voters now comprise 10 % of the voting physique. In addition they instituted extra guidelines about reward giving and introduced charitable donations.
Fraser informed GQ that “for the time being” 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 informed GQ they apologized twice. Berk informed GQ in 2018 that he wrote a letter to Fraser concerning the incident however didn’t admit “wrongdoing.” Fraser stated if the HFPA needed to make amends, he would need or not it’s “honest,” however added that he is not the one one who’s felt wronged by the group and that individuals have confided in him. “I’d anticipate that it might be one thing that might be significant for them too,” he stated.