Matt Damon apologizes for diversity comments after online backlash

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In the “Project Greenlight” episode, Matt Damon is having a heated discussion with producer Effie Brown about the importance of diversity in Hollywood, often interrupting and talking over her.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Damon has apologized for comments regarding diversity in filmmaking that sparked widespread backlash called #Damonsplaining, after a portion of a conversation from HBO’s “Project Greenlight” circulated online.It took a few days, but is offering up an apology for comments he made to a black female producer during the Season 4 premiere episode of his HBO reality show, Project Greenlight. “I am sorry that they offended some people, but, at the very least, I am happy that they started a conversation,” the Academy Award winner said in a statement to The Wrap. In the offending scene, Brown urges the judges on Project Greenlight to utilise caution in their selection of a directing team for the film project under review, pointing out that “the only black person” on screen is a “hooker who gets hit by her white pimp”. Brown was explaining that the only black character in the film they were talking about green lighting on the show is a prostitute who gets beaten by her pimp, and she urged the all-white creative team to make sure that the character wasn’t a racist stereotype.

In the interests of diversity, she therefore suggests a team comprising an Asian man, Leo Angelos, and Kristen Brancaccio, a white film-maker who had earlier flagged the stereotypical characterisation of the black character. We specialize in flooring and home products, but over time have expanded our product offerings to include a number of different products in quantities up to multiple truckloads for wholesale customers.

But Damon immediately leaps in to point out that other, less diverse candidates had also pointed out the same issues with the script, and to apparently argue that diversity should not be an issue when considering the film-making team. “When we’re talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show,” he says. His start came from purchase of liquidation tile flooring, starting with sale in smaller quantities and working tirelessly to expand into more products.

We are a large retailer of closeout and liquidation products, but the company is still very much in the mindset of a small local home improvement business. That is an ongoing conversation that we all should be having.” Writing for Salon, gender and African studies expert Brittney Cooper said Damon’s statements “reflect a troubling belief in the myth of meritocracy … and in notions of racial colourblindness”.

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