"A cosmetic fix isn’t enough" appeared to be the main statement many Hollywood artists shared. Aniston, Brown, Rachel Brosnahan, Mark Ruffalo, Tracee Ellis Ross and Kerry Washington were among the actors to share the message on social media.
Meanwhile, Ava DuVernay tweeted, "Old news. New energy," while Judd Apatow wrote, "So many crazy things about the @goldenglobes and the Hollywood Foreign press but this is awful. #timesupglobes."
Time's Up's actions come after an investigation by the Los Angeles Times brought awareness to the fact that the HFPA's 87-member group of international journalists currently has no Black members.
When nominations were announced, the HFPA was criticized for not including any Black-led movies, like One Night in Miami, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Da 5 Bloods or Judas and the Black Messiah, in the Best Picture category.
Ahead of the 2021 Golden Globes on Sunday, the HFPA released a statement to the press.
"We are fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, TV and the artists inspiring and educating them," the statement read. "We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible."
Minutes after the 78th annual Golden Globes Awards wrapped, CEO Tina Tchen, Time's Up president, penned a letter to the award show's voting body, the HFPA, and its network sponsor, NBC, demanding a more better response to its lack of a diverse membership.
"The HFPA's statements tonight and over the last several days indicate a fundamental lack of understanding of the depth of the problems at hand," Tchen wrote in a letter to HFPA leaders Meher Tatna (board chair), Ali Sar (president) and Helen Hoehne (vice president). "Your stated version of change is cosmetic -- find Black people. That is not a solution."
Earlier in the ceremony, Tatna, Sar and Hoehne took the stage to address the lack of diversity among HFPA members.
"We recognize we have our own work to do," said Hoehne. "Just like in film and television, Black representation is vital. We must have Black journalists in our organization."
Tatna, a former HFPA president, added, "We must ensure everyone gets a seat at our table."
"That means creating an environment where diversity is the norm, not an exception," Sar agreed.
"We listened tonight and hoped to hear the HFPA respond with some awareness that the industry-wide discontent with your organization's practices goes far beyond what you offered tonight and in the days preceding," Tchen continued. "What we had hoped you heard was that not having a Black member was a symptom of a problem, not just the problem itself."
The trio did not offer any more details about how or when the HFPA would do made a change.