Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's production company adopting inclusion riders

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's production company adopting inclusion riders

But nevertheless, they will be adopting Inclusion Riders for their films as Feig confessed it was the "right thing to do".

Their head of strategic outreach Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni said: "On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward".

No word on whether Affleck and Damon are also applying an inclusion rider to every acting project, or only their production company.

The term reached wide public consciousness earlier this month at the 90th Academy Awards, when best-actress victor Frances McDormand noted it in her acceptance speech.

Last week, actor Michael B. Jordan ("Creed", "Black Panther") said he would adopt an inclusion rider for all projects produced by his production company.

The move comes just over a week after McDormand urged other actors to ask for inclusion riders as a way to ensure gender and racial diversity in films.

USC Annenberg's Stacy Smith proposed inclusion riders in a column at The Hollywood Reporter in 2014.

But when Pearl Street announced their adoption of the concept Monday, some on social media scoffed. "Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry". Both Damon and Affleck have in the past five months faced public scrutiny for either comments, in Damon's case, or alleged past behavior, in Affleck's, in the #MeToo era and to some are emblematic of an outmoded entertainment industry.

An Inclusion Rider can be used by a star to enforce diverse cast and crews on their movies.

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