There’s More to NBC’s Decision to Ditch The Golden Globes Than ‘Diversity’

The people of America are voting with their feet and remote controls.  None of the Hollywood awards shows are getting more than 10 million viewers—now we know the number of hate America people we have in this nation.  Folks are not watching professional sporting events—except for hockey, which has stayed out of politics, ratings for the NFL, NBA and MLB are down up to 50%.  Why watch a racist millionaire tell white people they are bigots—and Asians should not be allowed in college?

“It is an astounding condemnation of the entertainment industry to see this level of apathy from audiences. When all four of the most prominent entertainment awards broadcasts — the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, and Golden Globes — ALL clock in with under 10 million viewers each, that is more than a problem. That is a rebuke. 

Given all of the industry responses the HFPA has endured in recent days it seems fitting that NBC would be taking this stand, but you cannot help but think it is also a sense of relief being felt at the network. Considering those horrid returns in recent years this was an easier decision for NBC to make than some might think.”

Seriously, until the day after, I did not know the Oscars were being held—do I care.  Raise your hand if you can name the picture that won Best Picture.  Raise your hand if you saw the movie? 

There’s More to NBC’s Decision to Ditch The Golden Globes Than ‘Diversity’

By Brad Slager, Red State,  5/10/21    

This morning an official release came from NBC that it will not be broadcasting The Golden Globes telecast in 2022. The network made the announcement in the wake of a series of stories about the lack of diversity in the ranks of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the controversial group behind the Golden Globes. As I wrote in February, they have an internal payola network that operates on a level seen by the likes of The Lincoln Project. But grift and industry favoritism has long been a tolerated vice with this outfit.

Things started going poorly on the eve of this year’s broadcast when the group was highlighted as having no black members whatsoever. This led to a string of reactions from numerous fronts in the entertainment complex. After some failed on-stage bandaid comments a call from within the HFPA was made to begin fixing the issues. However, a pair of prominent names brought in to repair things last month ended as both walked out on their commitment, as did a PR firm in contract with the HFPA.

This past weekend a number of studios came together to announce they were severing ties with the organization en masse. Netflix, Warners Brothers, and Amazon all released formal statements that they will no longer work with the organization until major reforms take place. In the midst of this flurry of professional ties being severed, NBC weighed in stating that it, too, will no longer be partnering:

“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.”

NBC had signed an eight-year contract with the HFPA to broadcast the awards show annually, the first of the Hollywood awards season, and one that is seen as vital to launching an Oscar campaign for studios. It is not known how this affects the annual payout to the group for those rights, estimated to run about $60 million. 

But seriously, NBC must be grateful if it can get out from under these dismal television events. A rather ghastly chart sums up all the reasons needed for them to cut ties.

It is an astounding condemnation of the entertainment industry to see this level of apathy from audiences. When all four of the most prominent entertainment awards broadcasts — the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, and Golden Globes — ALL clock in with under 10 million viewers each, that is more than a problem. That is a rebuke. 

Given all of the industry responses the HFPA has endured in recent days it seems fitting that NBC would be taking this stand, but you cannot help but think it is also a sense of relief being felt at the network. Considering those horrid returns in recent years this was an easier decision for NBC to make than some might think.

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Comments

  1. Otis Needleman says

    The wise person eschews TV and Hollywood’s garbage, not to mention the media in general.

  2. Mary Cunningham says

    The Foreign Press that puts om the Globes is composed of people that represent papers in their home countries. If Black African nations have papers that were interested in having representation in Hollywood there would be Black members. The same goes for other nations in Asia and Latin America. Papers in other nations assign the representation the local Board does not. Interest in Hollywood has died down as other countries have strong film productions. China, for example, is pushing product made in China and demands that our film producers comply with their requirements of showing China in a good light or they will not have movies shown in China. They fold and comply. The WOKE Oscars has a declining viewership and now the globes are killed. When will we be assigned our “Little Red Book” of approved thought and behavior or assigned our re-education camp. Wake Up America

  3. If the studios, the theater operators, the pageant presneters (Oscars, HFPA, and others), the television conglomerates all want to get people back to watch what they have to offer, here are a few suggestions:

    1) have a real story to present
    2) speak English
    3) don’t cow-tow to the Chinese overlords
    4) keep the language decent
    5) keep the actors’ clothes on
    6) ask if an ten year old should watch
    7) find a way to present all the special effects so that they look real, not computerized
    8) stop blowing everything up
    9) find actors that aren’t compromised with their political beliefs (that’s gonna be difficult)
    10) don’t give us the politically correct narrative, give us the true story
    11) keep your blinkin’ political preferences out of your stinkin’ movies
    12) how about some real butter on that popcorn?

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