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Rashida Jones apologizes for ‘thoughtless’ John Travolta comment

Rashida Jones: saying sorry via Twitter. (Charles Sykes/CHARLES SYKES/INVISION/AP)

Rashida Jones has issued an apology for comments she made about John Travolta during a recent interview.

Jones — the “Parks and Recreation” star who is currently promoting her film “Celeste and Jesse Forever” — implied in an interview on the Web site Spinning Platters that Travolta should come out of the closet, a comment that has since been picked up by multiple blogs.

Today she expressed regret in the form of this tweet.

Made a thoughtless comment about John Travolta.I sincerely apologize.Nobody’s personal life is my business.

— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) August 14, 2012

Did she need to apologize? Let’s look at what she said in that Spinning Platters piece with a bit more context around it.

The comment was made during a conversation about Frank Ocean, the R&B star recently lauded for openly acknowledging that he is bisexual.

Will McCormack, with whom Jones co-wrote “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” said during the interview, “There needs to be a professional athlete that comes out.”

“And a movie star!” added Jones. “It’s time ... A movie star. Like John Travolta? Come out! Come on. How many masseurs have to come forward? Let’s do this.”

As regular Celebritology readers are well aware, Travolta has been accused of making sexual advances toward men on more than one occasion this year, via lawsuits filed by two masseurs, both since dropped, and another, more recent one filed by a cruise ship worker. Travolta has denied all allegations and, despite rumors about his sexuality, has remained married to wife Kelly Preston for more than 20 years.

It’s understandable that Jones felt the need to apologize for what she said. Once she says something personal about a fellow star, especially someone she might wind up working with someday, she’s implying it’s okay for someone else to do the same to her. But some of her followers think her mea culpa tweet was not necessary.

@iamrashidajones aww Rashida, it was just a joke. You’re such a sweetheart.

— Michelle (@MichelleHarnois) August 14, 2012

Do you think she needed to say sorry? And in a related question, do you think Leslie Knope would have advised Ann Perkins to issue such a tweet? Weigh in by posting a comment.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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