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Matt Damon And Ben Affleck commit to inclusion riders after Oscars appeal

13 March 2018, 09:00 | Myron Mathis

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck will support inclusion rider in future deals

Michael B. Jordan Adopts an Inclusion Rider for His Company

Affleck and Damon have been relatively quiet in recent conversations regarding diversity and women's rights in the entertainment industry after they both found themselves at the center of their own separate controversies.

What do those "two words" mean?

Frances McDormand brought up the term in her Best Actress acceptance speech at the Oscars, where she called for greater equality in the film industry.

An "inclusion rider" is a clause that an actor can insist be inserted in the contract; it requires the cast and crew on a film to meet a certain level of diversity.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have agreed that inclusion riders will be a part of all their future Pearl Street production deals.

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni made the announcement on Monday night via Twitter at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

Jordan was among the first after McDormand's plea to reveal he would use the rider for all films under his Outlier Society production company.

The Twitter post by Cox DiGiovanni praised Jordan's move. Onscreen, specifically, the goal is to reach at least 50 percent gender parity, with 40 percent inclusion for people of color, 5 percent L.G.B.T.Q. inclusion, and 20 percent disabled inclusion. "Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed", she said.

The clause, which can be added to actors' contracts at their request, has been around since 2016 and was co-created by University of Southern California communications professor Dr. Stacy Smith, civil rights and employment practice attorney Kalpana Kotagal as well as Cox DiGiovanni.

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