Hot off the heels of his “White Man Teaches Diversity” Tour, Matt Damon has moved on to his next way of offending people: telling gay people that they’re better off staying in the closet. Now, if you’re not rich and famous, he’s fine with you coming out or whatever, but if you’re in the public eye, keep that shit out of his face so you don’t tarnish the fine craft of acting.
Here’s what he said during an interview with The Guardian in promotion for his new movie, The Martian:
Is it harder for actors to be openly gay in Hollywood? “I’m sure. When Ben and I first came on the scene there were rumours that we were gay because it was two guys who wrote a script together.”
“I know. It’s just like any piece of gossip… and it put us in a weird position of having to answer, you know what I mean? Which was then really deeply offensive. I don’t want to, like [imply] it’s some sort of disease – then it’s like I’m throwing my friends under the bus. But at the time, I remember thinking and saying, Rupert Everett was openly gay and this guy – more handsome than anybody, a classically trained actor – it’s tough to make the argument that he didn’t take a hit for being out.”
He thinks attitudes are changing, and welcomes the introduction of same-sex marriage in California in 2008. “I think it must be really hard for actors to be out publicly,” he continues. “But in terms of actors, I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period. And sexuality is a huge part of that. Whether you’re straight or gay, people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality because that’s one of the mysteries that you should be able to play.”
What is he even talking about? Rupert Everett? What the hell does he have to do with anything? Basically, what Matt is saying is that his relationship with Ben is very “no homo” because they’re fine, strapping straight men. The fact that he was “deeply offended” that he had to respond to that says it all. Would he have been as “deeply offended” if he was linked to a female co-star? Doubtful.
Also, it’s fine and well for a straight man to tell LGBT actors that they should keep everything private, not realizing that by virtue of taking his wife and kids to premieres, he’s “outing” himself as straight, so people know plenty about HIS sexuality.
Of course, when visiting The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday, Matt tried to say his comments were “taken out of context” (WHAT OTHER CONTEXT IS THERE?) while never actually apologizing or saying anything that makes him sound less like an asshole. This seems in line with his general schtick, which is to pull a “sorry if you were offended” apology, thereby taking zero responsibility for his own words and actions, so I’m not surprised.
Whatever, Matt Damon.