|I challenge you to caption Effie Brown's facial expression during her convo with Matt.|
Ben Affleck and the Art of Doublespeak
...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.” - Matt DamonUm, yeah...we'll start with that bullshit drone-speak right there.
It seem to be now that whenever a white person is caught out there, they issue this copy-and-paste, toilet paper no-pology in which they take credit for "starting" a conversation that people have been having for forever.
I’m amazed at the magnitude with which Matt’s words rattled through the industry. I was on set at 0’dark thirty pulling standard 12 hour network days the morning after “Project Greenlight’s” recent iteration aired and I swear, you could hear his name buzzing across sound stages for two straight days. Then just as the collective shock began to simmer the “sorry you were offended, happy to start a convo” arrived. Prompting another social media sh-tstorm by countless marginalized folks who have been having this convo for 100 odd years. - Victoria MahoneySee??? *points frantically* That right there!!!
Newsflash, Matthew: the only thing you started was the hashtag #damonsplaining, in which Twitter had a field day with your ass.
Mahoney actually happens to be a fan of Damon's - or rather, was a fan - and her article goes on to create a "Diversity Quiz" inspired by his comments. But en route to the quiz, she also writes, "I imagine the collective shock stems from Matt’s point A-Z history as one of the good ones. He is legendary for being a nice guy. Consummate pro. With a wicked sense of humor. Humble. Loyal. Zero scandal. No skeletons. Sincerely charitable. Proper activist." I want to add that he's also married to a
*cue fountain of vomit*
Looks like some of us need to redefine what it means to be "one of the good ones". Like, we need to do a parameter check for that ish. Because when it comes to white folks, we can never ignore what I refer to as The Clock (and no, that's not an Ahmed Mohamed reference; I've actually thought about posting about this for years).
See, white people are conditioned from birth to harbor white supremacist tendencies. Some grow up, recognize it, and then either embrace or resist, while others just deny, deny, deny. But whichever way their rope swings, they cannot escape The Clock.
The Clock is a internal countdown device most POC develop (whether consciously or subconsciously) which immediately starts counting down whenever they first interact with a white person, whether in person or through their work in politics, the arts, etc. Now, The Clock is designed to count down to the White Racial Fuckery Moment which, I'm sorry to say, is inevitable. Sometimes it takes nanoseconds, with the fuckery ensuing before y'all even exchange words. In some very rare cases, it takes decades, but like the Thirst, despite a white person's best possible intentions, their White Racial Fuckery Moment always wins.