Rashida Jones may have had the best of intentions when she implored John Travolta and other big name stars to come out of the closet, but that optimistic viewpoint didn’t make her comment any less offensive. So, two days after the interview in which she made the remark went live, the Parks and Recreation actress decided to issue an apology.
To do so, Jones hit up the Twitter account she’s still excited about having started and offered the following generic mea culpa…
”Made a thoughtless comment about John Travolta. I sincerely apologize. Nobody's personal life is my business.”
The remark in question was made during a passionate conversation about Frank Ocean with Spinning Platters. The actress is a big fan of the singer and a big fan of people being proud of who they are and living their lives openly. Naturally, the conversation moved to how excited Rashida was when Ricky Martin came out and later to how she wishes someone huge would come out.
Like John Travolta? Come out! Come on. How many masseurs have to come forward? Let’s do this.
It’s easy to see why Rashida made the comment she did, and it’s also easy to see why it probably wasn’t the nicest thing to say. Travolta has a wife and children and has firmly denied he’s a homosexual. Coming out is an intensely personal decision, and it’s foolish and unfair to try and out others, especially when they might not even be gay.
That being said, now that she’s apologized, there’s really no reason to ever talk about this again.