Michael B Jordan pledges to adopt inclusion riders for his production company after Frances McDormand's Oscars speech

Natasha Sporn
Pledge: Michael B Jordan says his production company will include inclusion riders after the clause was highlighted at The Oscars: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Piaget

Michael B Jordan has vowed to adopt inclusion riders at his production company, days after the subject was highlighted at The Oscars.

Best Actress winner Frances McDormand – who picked up the award for Three Billboards – used the end of her acceptance speech to call for the clause to be included in contracts to demand and ensure racial and gender diversity on camera as well as behind it.

In an Instagram post, Jordan wrote: “In support of the 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.

“If you want to learn more about how to support the cause – link in bio. #OutlierSociety #AnnenbergInclusionInitiative.”

The Black Panther star updated his biography on the social media site to link out to more information.

Speaking on stage on Sunday night, McDormand asked all of the female nominees in the audience to stand up, to highlight to lack of female representation in the industry.

The actress ended her speech by saying: “I have two words to leave you with tonight ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.”

The rider is a clause that can be inserted into an actor or actress’ contract that requires cast, crew and producers to meet a certain level of diversity on every project.

Stacy Smith, founder of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California, first explored the concept of an ‘inclusion rider’ during a TED talk back in 2016.