According to a tweet of New York Times reporter Brooks Barnes, before making the announcement, Skydance had applied for the claims of "strong Hollywood women" for Lasseter's employment, and they were rejected by every woman:
Interestingly, I was told that Skydance approached at least some strong Hwd women to get their blessing before they were announced to Lasseter and were rejected.
– Brooks Barnes (@brooksbarnesNEW) January 9, 2019
Here is a collection of some other comments and statements about Lasseter's employment:
Melissa Silverstein, founder and publisher of Women and Hollywood, told The Hollywood Reporter:
"I was floored to read that John Lasseter has been hired to run Skydance animation after removing from Pixar. This is a terrible message to the Pixar women who stood up and told their truths about their experience. as the bridge culture is alive and well and thriving in Hollywood … David Ellison should be ashamed of himself. "
– Kim Masters (@kimmasters) January 9, 2019
This is devastating. For anyone who thought John Lasseter was having problems, some unwanted clamps, or that Brenda Chapman was being pushed by BRAVE to be troublesome, this complete report of Pixar's grotesque sexist culture is an eye-opener and a dreamer. https://t.co/r2D4lTs8PX
– Tasha Robinson (@Tasha Robinson) June 28, 2018
Skydance hiring John Lasseter is incredibly out of touch and that the press release was completely rubbish. What the hell has he "learned" about his mistakes that span a lifetime over a year of vacation?
– Shion Takeuchi (@shhhhhionn) January 9, 2019
John Lasseter photo via Shutterstock.com.