Matt Damon, Here’s What You Should Know About Diversity In Hollywood

17 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Matt Damon Apologizes For Comments He Made About Diversity: ‘I Am Happy That They Started a Conversation’.

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. 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’.

It’s what I have chosen to do with my life and I want every young person watching ‘Project Greenlight’ to believe that filmmaking is a viable form of creative expression for them too,” Damon said in a statement to Variety magazine Wednesday. That is an ongoing conversation that we all should be having.’ While discussing which director to pick to helm a film about a black female prostitute, Brown said: ‘I want to urge people to think about whoever this director is, the way they are going to treat the character of Harmony, her being a prostitute, the only black person being a hooker who gets hit by her white pimp.’ ‘I believe deeply that there need to be more diverse filmmakers making movies.

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