Matt Damon Interrupts Black Filmmaker To Explain Diversity To Her
Hollywood has been known to be liberal when it comes to its politics but just as conservative (and racist) when it comes to hiring minorities behind the scenes. Last night on HBO’s Project Greenlight, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck‘s latest reality show where they give new filmmakers the chance to make a movie that racial paradox reared its ugly head once again.
The finalists were introduced to a group of filmmakers and producers that included Effie Brown, a successful Black woman who has produced a slew of films including the critically acclaimed hit Dear White People.
At one point in the show Effie brings up an issue with the only Black character in the entire film who just so happens to be a prostitute that gets beaten up by her Caucasian pimp. White people just don’t understand!
Effie brings up the issue but is rudely interrupted by Matt…
“You’re looking at this group right here and who you’re picking and the story that you’re doing,” she says calmly. Luckily, Matt Damon is there to swoop in with this Smart White Man cape and interrupts Brown in order to explain diversity to her and this room full of white people. He argues that actually, the less diverse directing teams brought up the same issue about the prostitute character that Effie is raising.
Effie counters by saying that his summation is “not necessarily true,” and Matt Damon interrupts her again, this time by laying out what exactly diversity is.
“When we’re talking about diversity you do it in the casting of the film not in the casting of the show.”
Apparently Mr. Damon and his white boy fraternity of Hollywood movers and shakers believe Black people can be cast in their movies but not write, direct or produce them. In a later interview, Matt Damon says, “I’m glad Effie flagged the issue of diversity for all of us.”