Rashida Jones quit Toy Story 4 in 2017, called out Pixar for their lack of inclusion, but she’s still getting paid. Deets inside…
Rashida Jones is offering up a masterlass in boss moves.
Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 is dominating the box office for its 2nd week at the box office. During its opening weekend, it raked in $120 million at the U.S. box office. So far, the movie has made $237M and its sitting at the No. 1 spot at the box office, ahead of Annabelle Comes Home and Yesterday.
Rashida was once working on the project, but she dipped in 2017. However, we learned chick is still making her coin.
Last year, we learned there was drama behind-the-scenes of the film when the “Parks and Recreation” actress called out Pixar’s lack of inclusion after leaving the project a year prior. In 2014, Jones and her writing partner Will McCormack signed on to write the script along with a handful of other people.
In 2017, John Lasseter – the Toy Story franchise’s original writer/first director – was accused of misconduct and subsequently stepped down. He was also the head of Pixar at that time.
Soon after, Jones and McCormack ditched the project. They issued a statement to Entertainment Weekly explaining why they left since there was a rumors that they left the project due to “an unwanted advance” by Lasseter.
“The breakneck speed at which journalists have been naming the next perpetrator renders some reporting irresponsible,” Jones and McCormack’s statement said. “We did not leave Pixar because of unwanted advances. That is untrue. We parted ways because of creative and, more importantly, philosophical 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.”
Def sounds like they didn’t have full creative control during the writing process.
Jones – who secretly gave birth to a son last year – said she felt she had to hold herself accountable after she found out Pixar had been behind 20 feature films, but only one had been co-directed by a woman and only one had been directed by a person of color.
In her joint statement with McCormack, she encouraged 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,” the writers concluded.
In an interview with Net-A-Porter she opened up about the “complicated” situation and Pixar’s lack of diversity:
“That situation was complicated,” she says, shifting uneasily in her chair. “You look at Pixar’s track record and it was one woman directing one film in 25 years, and she was fired. But that doesn’t look different from most studios in Hollywood. All I can be is myself, and speak up and be honest when I feel things don’t reflect the world as it today. As a corporation, you will be held accountable.”
Thankfully, Jones speaking out against Pixar (which is owned by Disney) hasn’t hurt her career any. With a huge conglomerate like Disney behind Pixar, she could have opted to keep quiet so she wouldn’t suffer any possible consequences. Y’all know how these companies are when people call them out on their ish.
However, Rashida Jones isn’t that chick. She’s going to speak her mind, and still get paid for it.
Yep, her name is listed in the “story by” credits for Toy Story 4, so she’s laughing all the way to the bank.
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