Matt Damon finds himself in the spotlight for his controversial remarks about racism during the premiere episode of season four of his HBO reality show Project Greenlight with Ben Affleck.
In the episode of the show, about the what goes into the production of a feature film, The Martian star, 44, is having a heated discussion with producer Effie Brown about the importance of diversity in Hollywood, often interrupting and talking over her, reported Us magazine.
She is trying to explain that the only black character in the film is a prostitute getting beaten by her pimp, urging the all-white team to make sure the character doesn't fall into a racist stereotype.
Unfortunately, Damon seemingly suggests that diversity behind the camera does not matter.
Watch the clip here
"When we're talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show (Project Greenlight)," Damon says in the clip, which quickly started circulating online.
Brown looks shocked before saying, "Wow, okay."
Soon the hashtag "#Damonsplaining" started trending online.
Hey Matt Damon: "I'm sorry you were offended but hey this was in your best interest-" isn't an apology. It's just more #Damonsplaining— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) September 17, 2015
True diversity can't just occur in front of a film camera. It must occur behind the camera and in Hollywood boardrooms. #Damonsplaining— Omar Moore (@popcornreel) September 15, 2015
"You see, successful black woman, diversity is whatever white, straight, men say it is." - Matt Damon, 2015. #Damonsplaining— Derek Halliday (@DTHalliday) September 14, 2015
Matt Damon, it's not your fault. It's not your fault. It's not your fault. It's not your fault. It's not your fault. #DamonSplaining— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) September 14, 2015
Matt Damon just gave a Muslim girl a lecture on how to wear a hijab properly. #Damonsplaining— Sara Salim (@SaraSalim) September 14, 2015
Hi guys Matt Damon here. I'm at this local hospital to tell these women what to expect during their pregnancy. #Damonsplaining— The GF Thief (@Unwan7ed) September 14, 2015