Oct 14, 2015 7:59AM

Matt Damon Is Cut At Effie Brown Because He Made A Fool Of Himself

Remember when Matt Damon tried to school woman of colour in the movie biz, Effie Brown, about being a woman of colour in the movie biz? Turns out he's cut at her over it.
In an interview with Indie Wire, Effie chatted about the incident. "It became apparent that the entire series was about me and Jason [Mann – the director of the film in discussion]," She said. "If I would have known that I would never have done this for free!"
In speaking about why she spoke up on camera, "I had no choice really. I've been black and a woman all my life. I have worked in this business for 20 years. I'm 43. It was one of those things. Literally in that moment, was I going to risk public humiliation, bringing up this opinion, or deal with shame and excuses: 'You let that go by?' That's a big responsibility. I was more afraid of my mother: 'That's how we raised you and sacrificed, that's it? When the time was for you to stand and be counted?' That's all that went thorough my head: damned if I was going to do that."
Even though, by now, Matt Damon has kind of apologised for his remarks, Effie gives full disclosure on what the viewers saw at home, "That was not the full conversation, to be real. That was a more polite version of that exchange."
But it's interesting to know that Matt would have played a role in cutting the footage that would eventually be presented to the viewers. Since it's his show. As Effie explains, "They all saw all these cuts and approved them. Ben Affleck was the cat who had my back. Ben is down. All right, good! That was surprising to me, I thought it would be Matt, who has this liberal reputation. Honestly, I'm grown enough to say, 'I'm not for everybody, not everybody likes me, and he may be one of those who just can't stand you.'"
Yet Effie says, "Word on the street is I'm not his favourite person."
Adding, "Was I fabulous, always in the right? Heck no. I did a good job. I'm not a man. That's the thing. I've never been anything other than a black woman. I learned what I learned: to reach your goal, you can take several paths. I'm used to taking the direct straight path. If I felt I was not looked at through the male gaze as a female, you bet it would be different. I have to think, the people I'm working with, they don't think they are misogynistic."
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Hayley Morgan