Now, liberal ideologues are furiously whacking the relentless
GOP-bashing actor for his “white privilege.” There’s even a Twitter
hashtag —”#damonsplaining“—that erupted this week to mock his unforgivable political transgression.
Here’s what happened. Damon (along with his progressive pal Ben Affleck) co-produces the television series “Project Greenlight,”
which gives wannabe filmmakers the opportunity to compete for a shot at
directing their first feature film. The current season’s prize script
features a man who weds a black prostitute after being abandoned at the
altar. On this week’s episode of the show, aired on HBO, Damon dressed
down black female producer Effie Brown for pushing the judges to give
special consideration to a directing duo consisting of a white woman and
a Vietnamese-American man.
An impatient Damon retorted: “When we’re talking about diversity, you
do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show.”
An offended Brown responded as if the wind had been knocked out of her: “Hooh! Wow, OK.”
Damon went on to remind Brown that the rules of the competition
called for judging candidates “based entirely on merit.” And that
politically incorrect principle set his loony liberal friends’ hair on fire.
Huffington Post huffed that Damon was “tone-deaf.” CBS News
reported: “Internet outraged after Matt Damon interrupts black woman
filmmaker to explain diversity.” The holier-than-thou white leftists at
Jezebel.com sneered at Damon for donning his “Smart White Man” cape. One enraged YouTuber headlined the exchange: “Matt Damon goes ‘Massa’ on producer Effie Brown.”
Poor dear. Damon is guilty of a classic Kinsleyan gaffe—accidentally
telling a political truth—and I’m enjoying every second of these
chickens coming home to roost on his smug little lap. For decades, the
“progressive” champions of government affirmative-action policies have
used minorities as highly visible Christmas ornaments to assuage liberal
white guilt. It’s always been for show.
Whether it’s the progressives of pallor at MSNBC or the Associated Press board of directors or the top brass at The New York Times,
I’ve pointed out many times over the years that the loudest preachers
of manufactured skin-deep diversity work for media and entertainment
organizations that fail to practice their own social engineering sermons
behind the camera and in their backrooms.
Damon and his ilk routinely attack tea party conservatives as racists
and bigots. They savage the GOP for not being “inclusive” enough. They lambaste Fox News for being too “white” and “blonde.”
Yet, the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism found
that “in the top-grossing movies since 2007, there were more than twice
as many speaking roles for men as for women.” Measured by the gold
standard of liberal proportional representation metrics, only 11 percent
of those 100 top-grossing films had “balanced casts” (e.g., women
representing 45 to 55 percent of the characters). And of nearly 800
directors involved in those movies, only 28 were women, 45 were
black/African-American and 18 were Asian or Asian-American.
Hypocritical Hollywood touts its fealty to token racial, ethnic and
gender “diversity,” but like every major institution dominated by the
left, it demands the most extreme political conformity. Conservatives in
the performing arts are ostracized, blacklisted and closeted.
Conservative minorities are humiliated as sellouts, puppets, Uncle Toms and Aunt Tomasinas.
Meanwhile, the militantly intolerant entertainment industry pays off
race hustlers Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to mollify the diversity
racketeers—without ever having to be held accountable for Hollywood’s
institutional failure to meet the “diversity” standards they demand of
If nothing else, the p.c backlash at Damon has at least provided a fleeting moment of left-on-left warfare. Live by bean-counting, die by bean-counting, pal, and please pass the popcorn.