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Michael B. Jordan Adds Inclusion Riders to Production Company Projects

Michael B. Jordan Adds Inclusion Riders to Production Company Projects

Michael B. Jordan at the Los Angeles premiere of "Sucker Punch" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood. March 23, 2011, in Los Angeles. (Paul Smith/Featureflash/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Friday, 09 March 2018 11:12 AM

Jordan is known for his roles as the antagonist in the hit Marvel superhero film "Black Panther" and his previous critically acclaimed role in 2015's "Creed" with Sylvester Stallone.

McDormand, who won the best actress Oscar Sunday for her role in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," called for actors to add inclusion riders in their contracts.

Such riders would demand that producers cast actors, and even behind-the-scene workers, who represent a diverse demographic, taking into account race, gender, sexual orientation and physical ability, CNN wrote.

"Don't talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple days or you can come to ours, whichever suits you best, and we’ll tell you all about them," McDormand said in her acceptance speech, per the HuffPost. "I have two words to leave with you tonight. Ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider."

Jordan responded on Instagram, saying that he plans to add the rider in future projects.

"In support of the women and men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society," Jordan wrote on Instagram.

"I've been privileged to work with powerful woman and persons of color throughout my career and it's Outlier's mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward," the actor added.

Jordan added the hashtag #AnnenbergInclusionInitiative with the message, referring to the think tank studying diversity and inclusion in entertainment through research and sponsored projects, noted its website.

Stacy Smith, director of University of Southern California Annenberg's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative, first mention such a clause, which she called an "equity rider' in a 2014 guest column in The Hollywood Reporter.

"If notable actors working across 25 top films in 2013 had made this change to their contracts, the proportion of balanced films (about half-female) would have jumped from 16 percent to 41 percent," Smith wrote, per The Hollywood Reporter.

"Imagine the possibilities if a few actors exercised their power contractually on behalf of women and girls. It wouldn't necessarily mean more lead roles for females, but it would create a diverse onscreen demography reflecting a population comprised of 50 percent women and girls. In other words, reality," she added.

Such a clause has been criticized though as an attempt to force diversity on the industry instead of hiring on merit.

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Actor Michael B. Jordan said on social media Thursday that he will adding so-called "inclusion riders" for projects of his Outlier Society Productions company, responding to actress Frances McDormand's call for the clause during Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.
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