Yesterday afternoon, we reported on the leave of absence Pixar head John Lasseter was taking in light of sexual harassment allegations. In the initial report from THR, it was stated that the reason for writer-actress Rashida Jones and her writing partner Will McCormack left her work as a Toy Story 4 screenwriter at Pixar had to do with unwanted advances.
Jones and McCormack have since gotten in touch with EW to clarify the situation.
“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. 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.”
This is definitely an unfortunate thing to hear — especially on the day of the release of Coco, a film that takes place in Mexico and takes pains to get certain traditions right. At the end of the day, it sounds like Pixar and most other studios in Hollywood still have a lot of catching up to do in terms of keeping and maintaining a diverse staff.
If there’s anything that the past several weeks have proven, it’s that progress has often been hampered by certain people in powerful positions wielding it inappropriately.
These accusations against Lasseter come on the heels of countless accusations in Hollywood, which all started with Harvey Weinstein.
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