Rashida Jones is urging John Travolta to come out of the closet. The "Parks and Recreation" star threw down the gauntlet during a recent online magazine interview featuring Will McCormack, her co-star in the film "Celeste and Jesse Forever."
Spinning Platters asked Jones about her "Frank Ocean obsession." Frank is largely regarded as the first major openly gay or bisexual voice in R&B and hip hop. "The Social Network" star openly praised Ocean, calling him "great." McCormack added, "There needs to be, like, a professional athlete that comes out."
Both Rashida and Will then agreed that a big movie star also needed to come out of the closet. Rashida insisted, "Like John Travolta? Come out! Come on. How many masseurs have to come forward? Let's do this." Rashida is no stranger to the world of A-list celebs. She's the daughter of music producing legend, Quincy Jones.
Her brazen comments come during a challenging time for Travolta. The actor is dealing with the aftermath of separate scandals involving several male masseurs and a pilot. Travolta has long-insisted that he is not gay. His wife Kelly Preston stands by his side. The couple celebrated the birth of baby Benjamin in 2010. Just a year earlier, the family, including daughter Ella Bleu, mourned the death of the Travolta's oldest son, Jett.
Although Rashida was shockingly outspoken for such a well-known TV personality, a celebrity admitting that he's gay is no longer a media shocker. In just the past year we saw two major CNN newscasters, Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon, come out of the closet.
Let's look back at some of Hollywood's most famous coming out stories.
Comic Ellen was a trailblazer in the area of openly gay celebs. With her popular sitcom, "Ellen," the star definitely had much to lose. For several episodes she played an 'is she or isn't she' cat and mouse game with the audience that included a visual gag of DeGeneres literally walking out of a physical closet. Ellen herself came out on "Oprah" and her show's title character came out a year later on "The Puppy Episode" in 1997.
As a member of Latino boy band Menudo, Ricky grew up with a legion of female fans screaming his name. With his classic good looks and sexy dance moves, he was a bonafide heartthrob. Martin courageously outed himself as "a fortunate homosexual man."
Other openly gay celebrities include Wanda Sykes, Clay Aiken, Zachary Quinto, Elton John, Adam Lambert, Melissa Etheridge, Rosie O'Donnell and of course, Ellen's wife, Portia de Rossi. Openly gay athletes include Olympic swimmer Greg Louganis, NBA player John Amaechi and NFL football player Esera Tuaolo .
So, what do you think about Rashida's comments? Is she out of line to insist that Travolta is gay even when he says he isn't?
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