When Emma Thompson exited Luck stage left on January 20th, many assumed it was because John Lasseter had been named as head of Skydance Media, the company producing the animated film. Shortly before he joined Skydance, Lasseter had left Pixar over allegations of inappropriate behavior and creating a frat-style work environment.
Her publicist confirmed the assumption, but now, the star is providing more context. She shared her resignation letter with the Los Angeles Times, and in it, she lays out all of her objections.
She wrote, in part: "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."
Thompson continued: "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?"
She added: "I hope these queries make the level of my discomfort understandable. I regret having to step away because I love director Alessandro Carloniso much and think he is an incredibly creative director. But I can only do what feels right during these difficult times of transition and collective consciousness raising.