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The idea that Damon is signing onto the idea of inclusion riders certainly marks a public pivot for him from the apparent disregard he showed for diversity in film projects up until recently.

"Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry."

The duo, who founded the company in 2012, are following in the footsteps of Michael B. Jordan, who pledged to adopt inclusion riders at his production company following Frances McDormand's Best Actress speech at the Academy Awards.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, Harvey Weinstein collaborators who often found themselves on the wrong side of #MeToo shake-up of American culture, are trying to right their past wrongs by announcing that they will add inclusion riders to contracts for their film company projects.

Google searches for "inclusion rider" spiked in the wake of McDormand's speech and there were thousands of tweets mentioning the term in the 20 minutes after her speech concluded.

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'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'.

An inclusion rider is meant to improve gender and racial diversity within films.

It comes after Three Billboards star Frances McDormand issued a rallying cry to Hollywood as she collected her Oscar for Best Actress, telling the audience: "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider".

Rose McGowan claims in her autobiography courageous that she told Affleck that Weinstein had raped her when they were working together in 1997. Any accounts to the contrary are false.

Meanwhile, Damon came under fire previously for seeming to suggest that there was a difference between sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.


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