Matt Damon apologizes for ‘Project Greenlight’ diversity flap

17 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Matt Damon Apologizes for Comments on Diversity Behind the Camera.

Matt Damon released a statement Wednesday addressing the backlash surrounding comments he made about diversity on Sunday’s Season Four premiere of HBO’s “Project Greenlight,” the reality television series he produces with Ben Affleck.In the latest episode of HBO’s Project Greenlight, where first-time filmmakers are given the chance to win money to direct their projects, he appeared to suggest that diversity was important in front of the camera, but not necessarily behind it.

Matt Damon apologized Wednesday for a comment he made during the season premiere of HBO’s “Project Greenlight” that implied that the actor does think diversity in film is a priority. “I believe deeply that there need to be more diverse filmmakers making movies. The heart of the conflict centers around Damon dismissing a point about being mindful of diversity raised by producer Effie White, saying to her, “When we’re talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show.” Internet reaction to Damon’s comments were fevered, with Twitter dubbing the incident “Damonsplaining,” a hyper-specific take on mansplaining.

In the wake of strong online criticism, Matt apologised for his remarks adding that he was glad that they had sparked ‘a conversation about diversity in Hollywood’. Later, Damon says that he’s glad Brown “flagged the issue of diversity,” but believed that point of Project Greenlight is to give “somebody this job based entirely on merit and leaving all other factors out of it.” The episode angered viewers, sparking a strong social media backlash. That is an ongoing conversation that we all should be having.” On the show’s debut episode, veteran Hollywood producer Effie Brown, who’s black, pointed out that the script being turned into a movie has only one black character, and she’s a prostitute.

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