When celebrities have movies to push they do press junkets in various large markets. Usually they tell the same anecdote about their co-star or make the same compliment about their director at every junket.
It’s like one long episode of The Tonight Show.
But every now and again, you get a celebrity who can actually talk like a human being paired with a reporter who has an interesting take on things. Jason LeRoy’s interview with Jesse & Celeste Forever‘s Rashida Jones and Will McCormack for SpinningPlatters.com was one of those times.
In it, the co-stars (and co-writers) talk about moviemaking, career women and Jones’ ongoing interest in out musician Frank Ocean, which led to an interesting little side-convo about another star whose sexuality has come into question:
How’s the Frank Ocean obsession coming along?
McCormack: There needs to be, like, a professional athlete that comes out.
Jones: And a movie star! It’s time.
McCormack: Yeah, like a big one.
Jones: A movie star. Like, John Travolta? Come out! Come on. How many masseurs have to come forward? Let’s do this!
Well, we’re glad somebody said it.
Jones, the daughter of super-producer Quincy Jones and Mod Squad star Peggy Lipton, also weighed in on the power of celebrities coming out:
“Let’s be honest: Anderson Cooper is a TV personality. Like Neil Patrick Harris—okay, yes, it’s great that he came out, but (A) these are both men who have lived in the gay community for a long time and I think everyone suspected, and (B) there’s something about these iconic stars, people who are almost godlike.
With someone like Frank Ocean, yes, it’s fantastic that he did what he did,and his letter was so beautiful, and he’s in such close proximity to all these rappers. So he’s battling homophobia just by being honest. But big stars need to come out. Ricky Martin was huge. That was big; I was really happy about that.”
Big stars only tend to be outed posthumously.
“I know. People are so precious about their careers.”
Apparently not when it comes to sexually assaulting masseuses.