News has emerged that Tom Cruise has returned his Golden Globes in protest amid controversy...
Cruise has not held back.
And hopefully it'll make an impact, but not everyone's so sure it will...
Now, we all know Tom Cruise is a well-loved Hollywood actor.
via: GettyHis best-known role is as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in action-drama smash hit, Top Gun, released in 1986.
You may also recognize him from Mission Impossible.
This movie franchise is one of the highest-grossing in Hollywood. In the films, Cruise plays Ethan Hunt. He starred in the role between 1996 and 2018.
Alongside his action roles, Cruise has shown impressive range.
In fact, he's won 3 Golden Globes and has been nominated for 3 Oscars for his more "serious" ventures, including Rain Man, The Fourth of July, and Jerry Maguire.
But, aside from his movie career, there's something else that Cruise is known for.
via: GettyAnd that is, quite simply, being a weird guy. His disingenuous persona in interviews alongside the oddly secretive nature of his private life has led many to believe that all is not what it seems with Cruise.
And that's why they're hesitant to accept his most recent move as one that came from the heart.
The fact that he's involved with Scientology hasn't helped his cause either.
The Church of Scientology is a pseudo-religion founded by science fiction writer, L Ron Hubbard (yes really). The Church is known for being highly secretive, leading many to suspect it of being a cult.
There's something else that Scientology is known for.
It has a lot of associations with lots of high-profile Hollywood celebrities, including Cruise.
He has been entrenched in Scientology since 1990.
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And many speculate that a lot of the weirdness in his life can be attributed to his religious beliefs.
Even though Cruise's personal life was branded as "controversial..."
It certainly hasn't affected his career as a professional actor.
He's received many accolades throughout his time in the industry, including 3 major recognitions at the Golden Globes.
However, Cruise has recently returned all those awards due to the controversies surrounding the award show and its lack of diversity on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association board.
This year, the board faced immense criticism as it was revealed that among the eighty-seven members that there was not even a single Black member.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did not falter when they addressed the tense situation while hosting the event. Even if they were in separate locations, they were definitely in synch when calling the lack of diversity out.
"Everybody is understandably upset at the HFPA and their choices," said Poehler.
"Look a lot of trashy garbage got nominated, but that happens, OK? That's like their thing. But a number of Black actors and Black-led projects were overlooked."
Fey also added:
"We all know that award shows are stupid but even with stupid things, inclusivity is important. Maybe you guys didn't get the memo because your workplace is the back booth of a French McDonald's, but you've got to change that."
And now, people are heavily protesting against the award show, including Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo.
They both urged other celebrities to "step back" from the awards. Netflix, Amazon, and WarnerMedia have all announced boycotts of the HFPA, and NBCUniversal said that NBC would not air the Globes in 2022.
Now, Cruise has also joined the growing list.
Multiple news outlets including Variety and Deadline have confirmed the news about Cruise returning the awards he earned for Born on the Fourth of July (best actor, drama), Jerry Maguire (best actor, comedy or musical), and Magnolia (best supporting actor).
Fans have had mixed reactions to the stunt...
Thank god Tom Cruise is returning his Golden Globes because famously Tom has never been a part of any group with notable ethical failures— Will Kellogg (@Will_Kellogg) May 10, 2021
also i cannot believe tom cruise has three entire golden globes and not one of them was for american made— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) May 11, 2021
Golden Globes picking up the Tom Cruise trophies he sent back... pic.twitter.com/famlM3uGzY— LaToya Morgan (@MorganicInk) May 11, 2021
Tom Cruise returning his Golden Globes would be like me returning my salt and pepper shaker. Like how will I carry on??— Erica Rhodes (@ericarhodes) May 11, 2021
tom cruise returning his three golden globes is the spiritual equivalent of ben affleck's loose leaf black lives matter poster — important, bold— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) May 10, 2021
Tom Cruise returning all his Golden Globes is so powerful! He doesn’t need his Golden Globes because he is one of the best actors period! pic.twitter.com/V7nD51x9Wk— Josh❤️ Mortal Kombat & TFATWS #BlackLivesMatter (@supermangeek101) May 10, 2021
tom cruise returning his golden globes to the HFPA pic.twitter.com/p3tk7zK2Fz— i want to bailey-ve 🛸 (@been_herde) May 10, 2021
I think what we all want, more than anything, is for films, their writing, technical merit & performances to be judged purely & simply on quality, and if The Globes can make help this by extending these changes, good for Cruise & the other high profile talents speaking out.— Frank Comiskey (@Octopusser) May 10, 2021
The news of Cruises' statement comes just days after the HFPA announced that it was looking to extend its membership to twenty other people.
No doubt seventeen white folks, 2 Black, and one Asian.
Former HFPA president Meher Tatna also told news outlets that the board hasn't had a Black member since about 2002 when she first joined.
We'll just have to wait and see but it seems like the damage has been done.
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