Matt Damon Looks Back on His Controversial Diversity Comments: ‘I Thought It …

1 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Matt Damon Clarifies His Remarks About Sexuality & Gay Actors.

Matt Damon, who is facing backlash over his comments about sexuality in Hollywood, wants the world to know that he does not think gay actors should stay in the closet.The blogosphere got a bit angry with Matt Damon earlier this week due to comments made in a Guardian interview, “I think it must be really hard for actors to be out publicly. The actor is just trying to promote his new Ridley Scott space thriller “The Martian,” but Damon found himself in hot water (twice!) for some pretty tone-deaf quotes about diversity. And then it gets represented that that’s what you believe.’ ‘Rupert Everett was openly gay and this guy – more handsome than anybody, a classically trained actor – it’s tough to make the argument that he didn’t take a hit for being out,’ he told the Guardian.

But we doubt an actor’s career has been affected because they’re openly straight, and this really brings up the issue of discrimination rife in Hollywood for the LGBT community, as well as women and ethnic minority. There were also accusations of him talking from a position of priviledge, where it was fine to say no one should know about an actor’s sexuality, when he has talked about his own wife and kids (which he doesn’t do a lot, but has mentioned in interviews on more than one ocassion). Matt Damon also recalled how earlier in his career, he and his “Good Will Hunting” co-writer and co-star Ben Affleck dealt with rumours they were gay.

It was comments concerning the latter that caused Matt trouble earlier this month, when he seemed to mansplain diversity to female black producer, Effie Brown, on his documentary series Project Greenlight. Now he’s stepped up to clarify his comments, telling Ellen, “Yeah it was just in an interview with The Guardian that I literally just found out too, but it was that I was talking about actors are more effective when you know less about their personal lives. Matt Damon and best buddy Ben Affleck are back with their HBO show to change the life of a brand new director, who will get to helm a movie for the first time. Brown stressed that it was important to choose a diverse directing team explaining: ‘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.’ Following public criticism, Matt issued an apology: ‘I am sorry that they offended some people, but, at the very least, I am happy that they started a conversation about diversity in Hollywood. And feeling like, ‘Oh, well we can’t even’ like then you have to address it and then it’s like well I’m not gonna throw my friends under the bus, who are gay, and act like it’s some kind of a disease. “Ya know, how do you even address it, so you’re always in these kind of weird things.

Damon interrupted her as they went back and forth about choosing a director. “When we’re talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show,” Damon said. So.” While he’s right that he never really said actors should get back in the closet, he’s not right to suggest his comments were completely taken out of context, as there’s still a (probably unconscious) disconnect from the freedom straight actors have to talk about their partners, and the difficulties and pressures for gay actors to do the same. Perhaps Damon doesn’t even realise that because straight-ness is treated as the absolutel defaut, talking about his wife is talking about his sexuality, at least if we accept someone talking about a same-sex partner is talking about their sexuality, which his comments seem to assume they would be.

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