HFPA range marketing consultant quits after ‘racist rhetoric’ e-mail

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Shaun Harper, the variety strategist employed by the Hollywood Overseas Press Assn. final month, stepped away from the publish on Tuesday, simply weeks earlier than the affiliation was set to launch a slate of reforms geared toward what the embattled group has pledged as “transformational change.”

Harper, a professor of racial, gender and LGBTQ points at USC’s Marshall College of Enterprise, confirmed to The Occasions that he has left his function because the HFPA’s range marketing consultant.

Harper declined to elaborate on his exit.

The HFPA didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Harper’s determination got here on Tuesday, the identical day he met on behalf of the HFPA with representatives of Time’s Up, Colour of Change and a gaggle of publicists who final month warned the HFPA they’d lower the group off if it didn’t take important steps towards reform and transparency.

Throughout the 90-minute assembly, the representatives gave a full-bodied presentation of points regarding deep-seated sexism, racism and corruption over many years, in accordance with people acquainted with the assembly who weren’t licensed to remark.

The assembly, in accordance with the people, was a shock to Harper, significantly because it came about simply two weeks earlier than the HFPA’s self-imposed Might 6 deadline by which it plans to announce a collection of reforms.

Harper’s departure comes on the identical day that each NBC and Dick Clark Productions referred to as for the ouster of HFPA member and former eight-term president Phil Berk.

Berk despatched an e-mail Sunday — criticizing Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and likening BLM to a hate group — that touched off a firestorm amongst most of the group’s members.

Within the e-mail, South African-born Berk shared an article that referred to as BLM a “racist hate motion” and described Cullors as “the self-proclaimed ‘skilled Marxist.’” It was despatched out to the affiliation’s members, its workers and the group’s common counsel and chief working officer, Gregory Goeckner.

In an announcement Tuesday, HFPA introduced that Berk “is now not a member of the Hollywood Overseas Press Assn.”

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