“It feels very odd to me that you and your company would consider hiring someone with Mr. Lasseter’s pattern of misconduct given the present climate in which people with the kind of power that you have can reasonably be expected to step up to the plate,” the 59-year-old actress wrote in an open letter, which was obtained by the LA Times, to producers of the movie “Luck.”
Earlier this month, Thompson stepped away from the Skydance Animation movie after CEO David Ellison hired John Lasseter, who stepped down from Disney/Pixar in 2017 after acknowledging he took “missteps” that made employees feel “disrespected” and “uncomfortable,” to run the company.
“If a man has been touching women inappropriately for decades, why would a woman want to work for him if the only reason he’s not touching them inappropriately now is that it says in his contract that he must behave ‘professionally’?” she questions in her letter. “If a man has made women at his companies feel undervalued and disrespected for decades, why should the women at his new company think that any respect he shows them is anything other than an act that he’s required to perform by his coach, his therapist and his employment agreement?”
Thompson also writes that she presumes the company is paying Lasseter, 62, millions and then asks, “How much money are the employees at Skydance being paid to GIVE him that second chance?”
She suggests that if Lasseter started his own company, then it would be up to the employees to chose whether or not they want to work for him.
At the end of the letter, Thompson states she “regrets” having to step away because she loves the film’s director Alessandro Carloni.
“I can only do what feels right during these difficult times of transition and collective consciousness raising,” she wrote. “I am well aware that centuries of entitlement to women’s bodies whether they like it or not is not going to change overnight. Or in a year. But I am also aware that if people who have spoken out — like me — do not take this sort of a stand then things are very unlikely to change at anything like the pace required to protect my daughter’s generation.”