Matt Damon, Ben Affleck to support inclusion rider

13 March, 2018, 18:48 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Matt Damon and Ben Affleck | AP

"I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: "inclusion rider".

An inclusion rider, we've since learned, is a legal addition to a contract that doesn't change the intention of the contract other than to alter it to demand at least 50% diversity in gender and racial representation, on-and-off screen.

Filmmaker duo/best buds forever Ben Affleck and Matt Damon today announced they'd be adopting inclusion riders for all their future production deals, off the back of Frances McDormand's Oscar speech bringing the concept into the mainstream. The announcement was made on Twitter Monday.

At the Oscars earlier this month (March 4), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star McDormand used her Best Actress acceptance speech to call for greater equality in the film industry and helped shine a spotlight on the little-known diversity clause.

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Actor Michael B Jordan joined the movement last week when he announced he would add an inclusion rider for all projects created by his Outlier Society Productions banner.

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The Twitter post by Cox DiGiovanni praised Jordan's move. This left plenty of people asking "inclusion wha t?". She's also on the board of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, the think tank housed at the University of Southern California that was, conveniently, founded by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, the co-originator of the official inclusion rider. Specifics of the rider are also undisclosed at this time.



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