Rashida Jones is many things -- a writer, an actress, Anne Perkins on NBC's Parks and Recreation -- but she's certainly not opposed to speaking her mind. And while promoting her new film 'Celeste and Jesse Forever,' Jones riled up a little controversy.
The conversation, with an interviewer for Spinning Platters, was focused on singer Frank Ocean's recent admission of his love for a man, a brave statement to make in the largely homophobic environment of hip-hop and R&B. Jones, who has an admitted "obsession" with the Odd Future crooner, was talking about how great it was for Ocean to come out about his sexuality when she made a joke about John Travolta that ruffled some feathers.
"It's time [for a movie star to come out]," she said. "Like John Travolta? Come out! Come on. How many masseurs have to come forward? Let’s do this."
The statement drew some ire from fans of the actor, leading Jones to take to Twitter to apologize on Tuesday. "Made a thoughtless comment about John Travolta," she tweeted. "I sincerely apologize. Nobody's personal life is my business."
While I certainly don't think there's anything wrong with making a joke that South Park made seven years ago, it was probably the best move for Jones to nix any overzealous controversy right at the outset. Now she can get back to focusing on promoting Celeste and Jesse Forever, which has not yet secured a wide release despite respectable showings in New York and Los Angeles. She can also get back to Parks and Recreation, the fifth season of which will premiere September 20 on NBC.