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'Goat Activity': Fans hail Brendan Fraser's decision of not attending Golden Globes even if he's nominated for 'The Whale'

Fans didn't shy away from calling Brendan Fraser a 'GOAT' after he said he won't be attending the Golden Globes even if he is nominated
UPDATED NOV 17, 2022
Brendan Fraser onstage during 'The Whale' UK Premiere during the 66th BFI London Film Festival (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for BFI)
Brendan Fraser onstage during 'The Whale' UK Premiere during the 66th BFI London Film Festival (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for BFI)

The late 1990s saw Brendan Fraser take everyone by storm through his impeccable acting and extremely good looks. Initially, he received a lot of success and quickly became one of the brightest talents in the industry. Movies like ‘George of the Jungle’, ‘The Mummy’, ‘The Mummy Returns’, ‘Crash’ and many more garnered a lot of success, making Fraser a force to be reckoned with. However, the actor suddenly went away from the spotlight and didn’t act for an extended period of time. In 2018, the actor opened up about his absence and revealed that he was sexually assaulted by Philip Berk, the former President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, in 2003 and made a decision that he will never attend the Golden Globes. Years later, Fraser is back with an unforgettable performance in Darren Aronofsky’s ‘The Whale’ and is considered to be a frontrunner for the Best Actor accolade. So, will he be attending the ceremony this time around? The answer is NO!

Based on the play of the same name, ‘The Whale’ tells the story of a 270kg man named Charlie (Fraser) who is trying to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter Ellie (Sadie Sink). The two grew apart after Charlie left his family for a man, who later died. Charlie has gained a lot of weight after the tragic death of his partner. His partner's sudden demise shattered him and he started to suffer from an eating disorder. The movie, especially Fraser’s performance, got standing ovations at the Venice International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, London Film Festival, and more, making him a favorite to take home the Best Actor trophy during the awards season. That made a lot of people wonder if he will be present at the Golden Globes next year and the actor has bluntly said that he won’t be participating in any of HFPA’s events.


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While talking to GQ for its cover story, the ‘Doom Patrol’ star noted that he won’t be attending the Golden Globes ceremony in January if he is nominated for his role in ‘The Whale’. The actor said his mother didn’t raise a “hypocrite” while speaking out against the HFPA.

“I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. No, I will not participate. It's because of the history that I have with them. And my mother didn't raise a hypocrite. You can call me a lot of things, but not that,” Fraser told GQ.

For the uninitiated, in 2018, Fraser came out publicly and revealed that he was groped and assaulted by Philip Berk in 2003 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

As soon as Fraser’s new comments surfaced online, fans couldn’t stop themselves appreciating the actor’s courage to say “no” to attending the ceremony even when he is touted to win the accolade. One of the fans wrote, “This man must be protected at all costs.” Another fan tweeted, “Goat Activity.” Another social media user wrote, “Mama didn't raise no hypocrite! Hell yeah! How can you not respect Brendan of the very few actors in Hollywood with any integrity left.”




“Couldn't have any more respect and admiration for this man,” tweeted another user. “They trashed him relentlessly and now want to be friends again. Screw them, well done Brendan, always been a fan always will,” wrote another fan. “I’m so damn proud of him! He deserves all the W’s,” wrote another one.




‘The Whale’ also stars Hong Chau, Ty Sympkins, and Samantha Morton in pivotal roles and is scheduled to release in theatres on Friday, December 9.