Matt Damon Addresses His Diversity Comments, Makes A Bad Situation Worse
It was only a matter of time before Matt Damon addressed the reason his name is trending all over the internet. Earlier this week, we reported that Damon, a White man, appeared like an asshole when he interrupted filmmaker Effie Brown, a Black woman, to explain diversity to her and how and when it should be used in the industry.
Later he made a bad situation worse by attempting to explain away his original misstep.
“I’m glad Effie flagged the issue of diversity for all of us, because film-making should throw a broader net and it’s high time for that to change. But ultimately, if you suddenly change the rules of this competition at the 11th hour, it just seems like you would undermine what the competition was supposed to be about, which is about giving somebody this job based entirely on merit, and leaving all other factors out of it. It’s just strictly a film-making competition. I think the whole point of this thing is that you go for the best director, period.”
Anyway, since that statement obviously didn’t make anything better he issued another one that still didn’t take responsibility.
“I believe deeply that there need to be more diverse film-makers 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 film-making 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.”
This story is largely being reported as Damon apologizing for his comments, specifically those directed to Brown. But this is not an apology. He apologizes for offending but it’s clear he still doesn’t seem to have a problem with what he said. And he still doesn’t see how his actions are just continuing and contributing to a very problematic, racist and discriminatory system in Hollywood as well in society at large
When you have the opportunity to change the rules of the game and you don’t do it just because this is the way it’s always been done, you’re just contributing to the problem you say you want to fix.