Rashida Jones Says John Travolta Should Come Out Already [POLL]
The Parks and Recreation Star Says of Travolta, "How Many Masseurs Have to Come Forward?"
We're guessing John Travolta won't be catching Rashida Jones' new movie Celeste and Jesse, nor tuning in for the new season of Parks and Recreation, the NBC sitcom on which she co-stars.
While promoting her new movie, Jones gave an interview to the website SpinningPlatters.com in which she suggests Travolta, who's been at the center of a scandal about his alleged sexual assault of a series of masseurs, should come out as a homosexual.
Jones and her writing partner and ex-boyfriend were talking to the interviewer about celebrities coming out of the closet when her partner said, "There needs to be, like, a professional athlete that comes out."
And Jones followed with, "And a movie star! It's time … Like John Travolta? Come out! Come on. How many masseurs have to come forward? Let's do this."
Travolta, throughout years of rumors about his sexuality -- including one that he'd had a years-long affair with a male pilot -- and the recent sexual assault allegations, has denied he is gay.
Jones continued in the interview that "big stars need to come out. Ricky Martin was huge. That was big; I was really happy about that."
And she says if Travolta is gay and chooses to reveal it publicly, she hopes he does it while he's alive, instead of having it revealed once he's dead.
"People are so precious about their careers," she says.
While we, too, hope that more people feel they can live their lives openly without fear of it damaging their personal and professional lives, gotta say that Jones' statement also seems a little harsh, and a little insensitive.
Some people -- a lot of them in Hollywood -- are too precious about their fame … on the other hand, a woman who grew up in the lap of luxury (as the daughter of music uber-producer Quincy Jones and Mob Squad star Peggy Lipton) in Bel Air might not be the best one to judge how seriously other people should or shouldn't take their careers.
Just sayin' …
But tell us, what do you think?
Should there be pressure on gay celebrities to be open about their sexuality?
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