Matt Damon Responds to Criticism, Commends Himself for Starting a Diversity Convo

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Matt Damon has responded to controversy over his absurd comments about diversity in Hollywood, while also giving himself a pat on the back.

To sum up: Diversity in Hollywood is trash, but Damon didn’t seem to think so in the premiere of Project Greenlight’s fourth season on Sunday, when he lovingly took the time to correct producer Effie Brown about the industry’s dearth of minorities.


“When we’re talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film not in the casting of the show,” he said, pulling a Well Actually on Brown.

Brown’s reaction was a necessary, flabbergasted “Whoo. Wow.” Damon is just happy to have done his job and gotten the ball rolling on this important issue. His statement (via The Wrap):

“I believe deeply that there need to be more diverse filmmakers making movies. I love making movies. 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. My comments were part of a much broader conversation about diversity in Hollywood and the fundamental nature of ‘Project Greenlight’ which did not make the show. 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. That is an ongoing conversation that we all should be having.”

Thanks, whitey!

Damon forgot to add: “I am also happy that [Effie Brown and Kara Brown] started this conversation about diversity in Hollywood.”


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Kat Marlowe

Started a conversation? Started? Yeah, Matt, you’re a real pioneer. Nobody was talking about diversity in the film industry until you mentioned it.

Perhaps your Manifest Destiny is to shut the fuck up.