Former Hollywood Foreign Press Association President ousted after calling BLM “a hate movement”

Former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Phillip Berk has been ousted from the organization after sending an email to the group’s board calling BLM a “hate movement.”

Berk also pointed out in his email BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors had described herself as a “trained Marxist.”

Per Fox News “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association board said in an email Tuesday that the 88-year-old is no longer a member of the organization. The decision comes hours after NBC — which telecasts the Globes — condemned Berk’s actions and called for his “immediate expulsion.”

A statement released by the HFPA on Tuesday said “effective immediately, Phil Berk is no longer a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.”

Dick Clark production told employees “we unequivocally condemn the actions and words of a member of the HFPA. We have called upon the board to take swift and decisive action. We also indicated that this response should serve as an example of how they intend to act on member behavior that violates their recent commitment to reform and improve racial equality. We have been working for months with the organization to guide and push them toward meaningful change. While we had remained hopeful about progress, this is a very real reminder that there are members who don’t support this work. That is unacceptable.”

They said in a public statement  “we stand in solidarity with our Black colleagues, artists, journalists and executives who have been hurt or overlooked by the HFPA. We are disgusted by the racist rhetoric disseminated by a member yesterday. We were encouraged by the very strong statements the HFPA previously made around improving their organization around issues of racial reform and equity. The actions and statements of this member are inconsistent with the direction that the HFPA has publicly said it has embarked upon.”

NBC also issued a statement to the public, saying “NBC strongly condemns Phil Berk’s actions and is calling for his immediate expulsion. While we continue to await the details of HFPA’s upcoming plan for reform, swift action on this front is an essential element for NBC to move forward with the HFPA and the Golden Globes.”