When Frances McDormand used her Best Actress Oscar win to encourage Hollywood to use “inclusion riders” in their contracts, Michael B. Jordan was listening.
The “Black Panther” star has pledged that all content produced by his company Outlier Society will “adopt” the document, which would require any production to interview a broad spectrum of diverse people for supporting roles and key jobs on set.
“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 posted 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. If you want to learn more about how to support the cause.” he added.
He specifically pointed to a rider drafted by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, a think tank a the University of Souther California, that empowers acting talent the right to mandate producers to interview people people of color, women and the LGBTQ community for prospective employment on their movie or show.
On Oscar night TheWrap obtained the document, which we wrote about at length here.
While Hollywood has made some strides forward in recent years, the industry still struggles to achieve widespread diversity. At the Oscars, more than five times more men than women won awards, for instance — that’s 33 men taking home Academy Awards, and just six women.