In a recent interview, promoting her new movie, Celeste and Jesse Forever, the adorable and funny Rashida Jones took it upon herself to "out" John Travolta. The actress was talking about her "obsession" with Frank Ocean (who recently revealed he's gay) when she dovetailed the conversation into how the world needs a big movie star to come out of the closet. She said: "Like John Travolta? Come out! Come on. How many masseurs have to come forward? Let's do this."
I'm just going to cut to the chase here. I really like Rashida Jones, but I really don't think it was her place to "out" John Travolta to the public. I mean, is it ever anybody's place to "out" someone else?
Before we get into it, you should know that Rashida Jones did issue an apology via Twitter shortly after the comments, saying: "Made a thoughtless comment about John Travolta. I sincerely apologize. Nobody's personal life is my business." But, yeah. She really shouldn't have said that in the first place.
I think most people have heard rumblings before about John Travolta "being gay," as well as a whole host of other celebrities. (And I'm sure the whole masseuse thing didn't help.) Whether or not these celebrities are in fact homosexual remains a mystery. And if they are gay, it remains a mystery for a reason: They don't want people knowing! And that's their business!
Coming out has to be one of the hardest things in life -- and obviously, it's something people want to do on their own terms. So, yeah, the Twitter apology was thoughtful, and I still think you're adorable and funny, Rashida, but maybe in the future, don't haphazardly mention to websites that other people are gay. Especially if you don't know.
Do you think Rashida Jones was out of line "outing" John Travolta?
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