Matt Damon and Ben Affleck adopt inclusivity rider

Rosalie Gross
March 14, 2018

On Monday, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni-the head of strategic outreach at Pearl Street Films, Damon and Affleck's production company-tweeted at Jordan, saying that the company would be following in his footsteps and adopting the rider as well.

In a statement to Variety, Smith and Kalpana Kotagal, one of the lawyers working on the inclusion riders, said of the Pearl Street Films announcement, "It's great to see Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and the Pearl Street Films team using their influence to create opportunities for people from underrepresented groups to enter the industry".

"Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry", Cox DiGiovanni wrote. Good news all around. On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, @BenAffleck, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward.

'I've been privileged to work with powerful woman & persons of color throughout my career & it's Outlier's mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward'. "Look around, ladies and gentlemen!"

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Jordan, Affleck, and Damon have adopted inclusion riders following Frances McDormand's best actress acceptance speech at the Oscars on March 4, where the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star closed her remarks by mentioning the term. Their reputations were badly tarnished by their association with Harvey Weinstein and what was perceived as their tone-deaf responses to #MeToo efforts to denounce a Hollywood culture that has long enabled sexual misconduct and gender inequality. Actress Hilarie Burton claimed on social media that Affleck groped her during an appearance of MTV's Total Request Live in 2003. A clip of Damon explaining diversity to producer Effie Brown on Project Greenlight went viral back in 2015.

According to Deadline, Affleck's email was sent last July, before the scandal broke.

He said: "There's a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?"

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