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Matt Damon Thinks Gay Actors Should Stay In The Closet

Matt Damon Thinks Gay Actors Should Stay In The Closet

There’s few celebrities we’ve had a more stable relationship with than Matt Damon. He’s always just seemed like such a nice guy. Like remember when he did this? Or when he was so adorable winning that Oscar? Which is what makes his recent behavior all the more disappointing. First and foremost, he now infamously tried to “whitesplain” diversity to black producer (and one of our new heroes) Effie Brown on “Project Greenlight.” And now he’s decided to speak up on behalf of gay actors — and it’s bullshit.

In this interview The Guardian, Damon was asked about when him and Ben Affleck first rose to fame and were the subject of gay rumors. 

“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,” he said. “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.”

While Damon made it clear he’s all for changing attitudes and LGBT rights (as any remotely decent person should be), he suggested the closet is still the place for gay actors in Hollywood.

“I think it must be really hard for actors to be out publicly,” he said. “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.”

So I guess you think you mean well here Damon, but seriously: You need to stop trying to be a spokesperson for things that aren’t about you. Do you bring your wife to public events and fully acknowledge that she is in fact your wife? Yes, you do. Then telling gay people they shouldn’t do the same with their partners (which you pretty much are) is super hypocritical and homophobic. You need to shut up cause we’re starting to really wish you were stuck on Mars (but hey, at least you’ll have water now).

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