The idea that Damon is signing onto the idea of inclusion riders certainly marks a public pivot for him from the apparent disregard he showed for diversity in film projects up until recently.
Black Panther actor Michael B Jordan later pledged to insert an inclusion rider clause into his future movie contracts, with Cox DiGiovanni now sharing Affleck and Damon's announcement in response to that news. It requires cast and crew on a film to meet a certain level of diversity, and is a solid commitment to increasing representation of women and minorities in the industry. 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.
The movement comes just one week after Frances McDormand took home the Oscar for Best Actress for her leading role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, on Sunday, March 4, and brought the concept to light. "Look around, ladies and gentlemen!" Invite us into your office in a couple days - or you can come to ours, whichever suits you best - and we'll tell you all about them.
If you haven't yet read our explainer from the day after the Oscars about what an inclusion rider is, here's the cliff notes.
Rose McGowan claimed that she told Affleck immediately after Weinstein allegedly raped her at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, but he went forward with statements about Weinstein in the fall, claiming that he was not aware that the producer had allegedly preyed on women.
After the scandal broke, Affleck said: "I knew he was sleazy and kind of a bully, but unfortunately that wasn't uncommon". I was 24 years old.