Matt Damon Issues Apology for ‘Whitesplaining’ Racial Diversity to Black Producer Effie Brown
Matt Damon says he’s sorry.
After interrupting the black producer of Dear White People on the season premiere of Project Greenlight to explain that racial diversity on a film set is what you do “in the casting of the film, not the casting of the show”, the Bourne Identity actor is issuing an explanation of his comments to Effie Brown.
Damon said (via Vulture):
“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.”
Brown tweeted in agreement to Damon’s final statement on Sept. 15 following the social media outrage that broke out as a response to his original statement.
Ooof! Wow! Okay. Thank you for watching the show and getting a great conversation started. I can’t wait to hear you on the other episodes!
— Effie Brown (@dulynotedinc) September 15, 2015