Matt Damon And Ben Affleck commit to inclusion riders after Oscars appeal

Tonya Becker
March 14, 2018

An inclusion rider is the idea that people who have negotiating power in the film industry, such as A-list actors, directors, and producers, insist on language in their contracts demanding diversity in both on-screen and behind-the-camera positions.

An inclusion rider essentially means that any given project must be representative of the world outside it. Film crews and casts are overwhelmingly white and male, and these riders, in theory, make sure at least 50% of the cast and crew are diverse.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have agreed that inclusion riders will be a part of all their future Pearl Street production deals. The whole thing was thrown into the spotlight by Frances McDormand during his Oscar speech, and already Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan have agreed to take on the clause in all future films.

While some are applauding Affleck and Damon pushing for more inclusivity on their own projects, others may give them the side eye for their own roles and past comments and alleged actions on inclusivity and sexual harassment.

Rose McGowan claims in her autobiography courageous that she told Affleck that Weinstein had raped her when they were working together in 1997.

Damon was accused of being privileged and out-of-touch following a 2015 episode of his HBO reality show "Project Greenlight".

A short time later he stirred another controversy when he talked to a journalist about perceptions that he and his long-time movie star friend Ben Affleck were gay.

Not surprisingly, many people pointed out that he, as a straight actor, has never had to keep quiet about the fact that he's married to a woman and has a family.

Damon has previously faced criticism for comments he made about diversity in filmmaking.

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