Taking a cue from Frances McDormand, who ended her Academy Award acceptance speech with a call for “inclusion riders,” Damon and Affleck’s company announced via tweet during SXSW that they will employ the diversity clause in future deals.
.@michaelb4jordan Thank you for always supporting broader representation 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. https://t.co/ODit24D2Rb
— Fanshen (@fanshen) March 13, 2018
Michael B. Jordan came out in support of the riders last week, saying that his production company Outlier Society will also use them for all projects moving forward.
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In support of the women & men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society. I’ve been privileged to work with powerful woman & persons of color throughout my career & it’s Outlier’s mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward. If you want to learn more about how to support the cause – link in bio. #OutlierSociety #AnnenbergInclusionInitiative
This is one of the first really tangible moves that has been born out of the Time’s Up initiative that is seeking to end workplace harassment and inequality across all industries.
The movement already gained huge traction during Awards Season with stars donning all black to the Golden Globes, bringing activists as dates on the red carpet and using camera time to speak about the issue.
Additionally, just yesterday, lawyer Nina Shaw, who works with Time’s Up, confirmed during a SXSW panel that Mark Wahlberg made good on his promise to donate $1.5M to the legal defense fund.
Wahlberg made headlines last year when he seemingly made all the money in the world AKA $1.5M for reshoots of the film “All the Money in the World” after disgraced actor Kevin Spacey had to be replaced amid sexual misconduct allegations. His co-star, Michelle Williams, opted not to take a paycheck for the reshoots thinking no one was in light of Spacey’s alleged scandal and took just took home the bare minimum.