Sep 17, 2015 10:11AM

Matt Damon Issues Lame Apology To Effie Brown

"Matt Damon" — Matt Damon

Matt Damon has issued a classic "sorry if I offended you" non-apology following his dumb comments from earlier this week. ICYMI, Matt was having a chat with filmmaker (and woman of colour) Effie Brown, on his Project Greenlight TV show, when the issue of diversity in one particular film came up. Effie raised the fact that the only black person in the entire movie is a prostitute who is slapped by her white pimp, and suggested that the film could benefit from having some non-white directors as they could bring a more diverse/less heinously basic perspective to the script.

At this point, Matt jumped right in to explain what diversity actually is, saying, "When we're talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show," he said, or in other words, diversity is about who appears on screen not who is actually making the show. To which Effie responded, "Oooh. Wow. Ok."
Following these facepalm-inducing comments, Matt has issued the following (sort of) apology. "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."

Or, you know, maybe just don't be the white guy explaining what diversity is to a black woman in the first place. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Nadia Bailey