Michael B. Jordan announced on Wedneday (Mar. 7) that he will be adopting the “Inclusion Rider” for all projects he produces through his company Outlier Society.
The actor revealed the news on Instagram, writing: “In support of women & men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society.”
“I’ve been privileged to work with powerful woman & persons of color throughout my career & it’s Outlier’s mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward.”
The term “Inclusion Rider” refers to a celebrity adding a clause to their contract of a project, demanding that people of color, people with disabilities, or any marginalized group are represented in a film’s cast and crew.
The term was given light last weekend during this year’s Academy Awards. Frances McDormand expressed the need for more Inclusion Riders during her acceptance speech for “Best Actress in a Leading Role.”
“Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed,” she said. “Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple of days, or you can come to ours… and we’ll talk to you about them. I have two words to leave you with tonight, ladies and gentlemen: ‘inclusion rider.’ ”
According to a report by E! News, McDormand is new to the term as well; new as in last week. “…the fact that I just learned that after 35 years of being in the film business… we’re not going back.” She added, “It changes now, and I think the inclusion rider will have something to do with that, right?”
The hopes of the Inclusion Rider is that more celebrities will adopt the clause, creating a more equal and diverse industry. In wake of social movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, the adoption of this clause is just another step in the direction for change in Hollywood.
Michael B. Jordan included a link for more info in his Instagram bio. Check out the link here.