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.
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:
Jones and McCormack went on to elaborate on those differences.
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:
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.