Rashida Jones Says She Quit 'Toy Story 4' Due to 'Treatment of Female and Minority Employees'

Previous reports claimed Pixar founder John Lasseter had inspired Jones' departure from the project.

Rashida Jones Says She Quit 'Toy Story 4' Due to 'Treatment of Female and Minority Employees'
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You probably recognize Rashida Jones from shows like Parks and Recreation and The Office, but she's also an outspoken activist willing to put her money where her mouth is. Recently, reports claimed Jones and her writing partner, Will McCormack, had left Toy Story 4 due to Pixar founder John Lasseter. Jones, who had been announced as a co-writer for the film in January 2016, had departed from the project around the same time Lasseter was put on leave due to allegations of sexual harassment. The coincidence left many assuming she had been a victim of his misconduct, but now, Jones has set the record straight.

In a report from The New York Times published Nov. 21, Jones said the real reason she quit was a lack of diversity at Pixar:

"The breakneck speed at which journalists have been naming the next perpetrator renders some reporting irresponsible. We did not leave Pixar because of unwanted advances. That is untrue. We parted ways because of creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences."

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Jones and McCormack went on to elaborate on those differences.

"There is so much talent at Pixar, and we remain enormous fans of their films. However, it is also a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice.

As TNYT points out, only one of Pixar's 19 feature films has been directed by a female. That female, Brenda Chapman, was reportedly fired during production after an encounter with (guess who?) John Lasseter.

Jones and McCormack finished their statement on a hopeful note:

"We encourage Pixar to be leaders in bolstering, hiring and promoting more diverse and female storytellers and leaders. We hope we can encourage all those who have felt like their voices could not be heard in the past to feel empowered."

Rashida Jones Says She Quit 'Toy Story 4' Due to 'Treatment of Female and Minority Employees'
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Jones joins a growing list of people in Hollywood attempting to make it a safer place for all. Earlier in November, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot reportedly refused to film a sequel to the hit DC flick if accused harasser Brett Ratner was involved.

In other words, it's a wonderful time to be alive.

For more on Pixar's apparent culture problem, head here.

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