Actor Matt Damon should be promoting his upcoming film, The Martian, instead he’s found himself defending some out of this world comments.
Recently he used the power of White privilege to “enlighten” film producer, Effie Brown, the only African American participant in his Project Greenlight contest, on the unimportance of diversity in film.
Upon backlash, he issued a very halfhearted apology via Entertainment Weekly, “…I am sorry that [my comments] 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.”
Damon has had to apologize yet again, this time to the LGBT community. In an interview with The Guardian, Damon had a less than smart reply to the question, “…Is it harder for actors to be openly gay in Hollywood?”
“…I don’t want to, like [imply] it’s some sort of disease – then it’s like I’m throwing my friends under the bus. But at the time, I remember thinking and saying, Rupert Everett was openly gay and this guy – more handsome than anybody, a classically trained actor – it’s tough to make the argument that he didn’t take a hit for being out.”
He also said, “…But in terms of actors, I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period. And sexuality is a huge part of that. Whether you’re straight or gay, people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality because that’s one of the mysteries that you should be able to play.”
Following immense media backlash, Damon appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show and basically said his words were misquoted. To be an Oscar-award winning actor, he surely fumbled through his “apology” which wasn’t really an apology but more of his disapproval of the media for trying to get hits and clicks.
Even Ellen, looked like she didn’t believe the words that were coming out of his mouth so she took a light hearted jab at Matt, “It shocks me that you and Ben [Affleck] aren’t gay…if you want to keep your “marriage” [a secret]…”
When it came to apologizing to “some people” aka African Americans, Damon issues a statement but when it comes to offending the LGBT community, he goes on national television. Coincidence? Check out some tweets that perfectly illustrate his feelings toward African Americans.
Do you think Damon’s gay remarks were taken out of context? Will you continue to support his films?