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Thread: Effie Brown on Matt Damon: 'Word on the street is I’m not his favorite person'

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    Default Effie Brown on Matt Damon: 'Word on the street is I’m not his favorite person'



    Effie Brown has spoken out about the uproar caused when Matt Damon interrupted her to explain the concept of diversity during an episode of HBO's Project Greenlight.
    The show is produced and developed by Damon and Ben Affleck, with each season focusing on first-time filmmakers being given the chance to direct a feature film.
    Controversy arose on the show’s current season during a meeting to pick the director for the film Not Such A Pretty Woman. Damon wanted an all-white, all-male team to produce the film about black female prostitutes, something Brown was critical of.
    The clip of Damon talking over her, starting his argument “When you’re talking about diversity,” went viral and Damon was heavily criticised for thinking he knew more about diversity and equal opportunities than Brown.

    Speaking to Indiewire, Brown said that the version aired on TV was the “more polite version” of their exchange, explaining that the real altercation was much more tense.
    She says that she considered biting her tongue during Damon’s explanation of diversity, but thought against it, remembering her mother, who would want her to “stand [up] and be counted.
    “That’s all that went through my head: Damned if I was going to do that ... To my chagrin, when you're in that room, you have to validate yourself if no one takes you seriously: ‘Listen to me, I know what I'm doing’,” she said.

    Brown added that her relationship with Damon is now rocky, noting that “Word on the street is I’m not his favourite person.”
    She said that she has since asked for greater control over how she was being portrayed in edits.
    “I said, ‘I’m not going to do any more on-camera interviews until I know what was being talked about’,” she explained.
    “I'm not a man,” she added. “That's the thing. I've never been anything other than a black woman. I learned what I learned: to reach your goal, you can take several paths. I'm used to taking the direct straight path.”



    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/project-greenlights-effie-brown-is-glad-she-took-on-matt-damon-over-race-a6693956.html

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    Well....it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Damon rarely backs down from his statements, and it seems like this was just an error in judgement and cadence on his part. As i say that though, is this the first time he has had to expand his quorum beyond his boy's club?

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    i know nothing about this story but I love her comments here.
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    ^^^Is Project Greenlight on ON DEMAND? If it is, Bellatheball, you should watch the episode where Matt Damon explains to her what diversity is.
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    Good for her.
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    I watch this show and you cannot edit Condescending superiority.
    she reminds me so much of my sister in her tonality and approach...ie Rank!
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    It's so disappointing when we find that our heroes have feet of clay. I don't hate Matt, but I am looking at him differently now. When he criticized President Obama, he was exercising his right to free speech. Didn't agree with him, but hey this is America. But the statements that he made on his PG show were totally based upon his personal values - his mindset when it comes to people of color.
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    I've never liked Matt Damon. I think he always sounds condescending in his interviews and this is just another example of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickiDrea View Post
    I've never liked Matt Damon. I think he always sounds condescending in his interviews and this is just another example of that.
    He loves to brag about his communal upbringing. He always claimed that it helped him to be open-minded...whatever.

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