Michael B. Jordan posted on Instagram last night that his film production company, Outlier Society Productions, will adopt inclusion clauses for all his upcoming projects. An inclusion rider is a clause in an actor's contract where they can establish baseline diversity requirements for the cast and crew before the actor commits to a project. The concept was mentioned by the winner of the award for best actress, Frances McDormand, during her acceptance speech and quickly went viral.
"I have had the privilege of working with powerful [women] and colored people throughout my career and Outlier's mission is to continue creating talented people in the future," Jordan wrote.
Jordan joins Brie Larson (Kong: Skull Island and The Glass Castle), who said in a tweet on Monday after the Oscars: "I am committed to the Inclusion Rider, who is with me?"
The inclusion rider's idea was first suggested by Stacy L. Smith, an associate professor of communication at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at USC, when she proposed the idea of an "equity rider" in an op-ed piece. Hollywood Reporter in 2014. Smith suggested that A-list actors could add a diversity clause in their contracts to include women, people of color, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.
She wrote: "If the notable actors who work on 25 main films in 2013 had made this change in their contracts, the proportion of balanced films (approximately half of women) would have increased from 16 to 41 percent."
At least one person has publicly refused to use the inclusion rider: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who told USA Today during a press meeting this week that "we are not that great at doing everything through agreements. .. we are trying to do things creatively. "
Other celebrities, such as musician and actor Janelle Monáe (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) and Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok, Westworld), have turned to social media to express their support, although they have not made an open statement like Larson and Jordan.
Monáe tweeted after the Oscars, "Still shouting & inclusion rider & congratulations to our humble hero @JordanPeele." And Thompson responded last night to Jordan's announcement, "YES @ michaelb4jordan, that's how the change happens, when we commit to do it. #InclusionRider"
Others have followed the rider's revelation of inclusion by asking whether it can be applied in other industries and contexts, such as scientists who demand 50% of speakers at a conference, or hiring practices in news organizations. The Annenberg Twitter page, in particular, has raised the idea of using inclusion clauses to attract more female directors to the Star Wars franchise.