The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said on Tuesday it had kicked its former president Phil Berk from its membership lists.
“With immediate effect, Phil Berk is no longer a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” the HFPA board of directors said in a newly released statement.
NBC and the parent company of the Golden Globes producers already weighed in on the latest embarrassing incident involving the HFPA today. This concerns the bizarre email from Berk, a longtime member and former president, to the members on Sunday, referring to Black Lives Matters as a “racist hate movement.” The email was leaked to Los Angeles Times.
The HFPA, already mired in controversy amid revelations in its last Golden Globes cycle that it had not had a black member for 20 years, backed away from the email Berk sent on Monday evening.
“Since its inception, the HFPA has been dedicated to bridging cultural connections and creating a better understanding of different horizons through film and television,” he said. “The opinions expressed in the article circulated by Mr. Berk are those of the author of the article and do not in any way reflect the views and values of the HFPA. The HFPA condemns all forms of racism, discrimination and hate speech and finds this language and content unacceptable. “
The group has already announced that it will reveal plans to resolve its issues on May 6.
A longtime member of the HFPA, South Africa-born Berk has served eight terms as group chairman, based in Los Angeles and working for entertainment publications in Malaysia and South Africa.