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Published On: Tue, Sep 15th, 2015

Matt Damon interrupts only black person in the room, Effie Brown, to lecture on diversity

During the season 4 premiere of HBO’s Project Greenlight, the production team gathered round the camera to have a group debate on which lucky contestant(s) would get to film this year’s project: a comedy entitled Not Another Pretty Woman. Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, and Jennifer Todd were present with producer Effie Brown, the only minority on the team.

On the role in the film, Brown made an effort to explain why it was important to choose a director who would treat the character of Harmony with respect and a minority creator may be best. Damon was having none of that.

“When we’re talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film. Not the casting of the show.”

A shocked Brown responded, “Wow!” as she rolled her eyes.

In other words, Damon feels that it was important to cast ethnic actors, but not necessarily as vital to have the filmmakers in charge of the project be people of color.

Damon later said in an on-camera confessional, “I’m glad Effie flagged the issue of diversity for all of us.” But he argued that the person for the job be chosen based on “merit,” leaving “all other factors out if it.”

The liberal racism didn’t go unnoticed as Twitter exploded.



Twitter user Matthew A. Cherry tweeted, “Lost all respect for Matt Damon after watching the premiere of ‘Project Greenlight.’ Typical Hollywood mentality smh.”

Todd VanDerWerff wrote, “That Matt Damon diversity moment in the ‘Project Greenlight’ premiere is SO cringe-y bad.”

User Zoé S. joked, “‘Hi black woman. I know you don’t get many chances to speak uninterrupted, so let me say something about diversity briefly’ – Matt Damon.”

In 2011, which is the most recent year we have data for — only 12.2% of films were directed by minorities. Women of all ethnicity directed only 4.1% of movies that year.

USA Today notes that “In the end, the group went with Jason Mann, an angsty white dude who basically says he can’t make a broad comedy and will need to shoot the entire thing on film. He’s probably the right choice to make an entertaining reality show, which Project Greenlight is, more or less, but not the right choice for many other reasons.”

Damon is currently filming the fifth Jason Bourne film.

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