No one’s perfect – not even Matt Damon. The famed and incredibly popular Hollywood A-lister made some comments during the newest episode of his HBO reality show Project Greenlight, regarding an African-American female producer, Effie Brown. Naturally, sparks blew into flames.
The Academy Award winner had a pretty heated discussion with Brown about the importance of diversity in Hollywood.
As Brown was explaining that the only black character in the film they were discussing about is a prostitute who gets beaten by her pimp, she urged the all-white creative team to make sure that the character wasn’t a racial stereotype.
Damon interrupted Brown by saying “When we’re talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show.” The clip went viral, and Damon got back-lashed on various social media platforms.
In his apology statement, Damon said that he “deeply believes” that there need to be more diverse filmmakers in the industry: “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. Diversity in Hollywood is an ongoing conversation that we all should be having.”